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BNLC: MMBN2: FreezeMan scenario, about to build the Yellow Cure. Unfortunately my folders are kind of built around close combat so I need to find a renewable source of AreaGrabs.

Immortal Defense: Charged through the first campaign and most of the second campaign. It's all downhill from here though. I forgot just how much of a self-important ass Pal Wut Aa is.

Baldur's Gate: I think I'll actually play this for real again soon. I had the itch to play through story mode but I kind of just... want to play it for real.
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Played some Alcahest. I think I've reached the final stage! Also played some Ristar on the Game Gear (which is really impressive actually) and beat Gunstar Heroes on the Game Gear in one sitting. (also impressive)
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The Legend of Heroes IV (PC98) - ooouuuuuggghhhh this game is Shit. I had to do the intro like four times because I died twice without saving because you can only save by using tents to full heal, one costs 200 Rose, which in the Phildin area should require around 40 Pisca to exchange, or by resting at an inn which is like 10 Rose x party member for a max of 40 Rose (2 to 8 Pisca).

The deaths were: the first by getting murked by Patroller Birds in an early grind sesh, and second due to putting the game in auto for another grind sesh but alas, the AI in this is garbage, and the third I think I got owned heading to Tibri, while trying to help Shannon out.

My initial set up for Avin was number 69 from this page, as recommended by this blog post.

Choices:
>Vegetable dish
>Firewood gathering
>Large amount of wood (rather than wider cuts)
>White magic
>Run out the window
>Pebble kicking

Which results in:
HP Max 50
MP Max 48
ATK 21
DEF 20
SKI 21 (Skill Power)
MOV 24
MAG 21
MDF 18
WIL 15
Secondary initial spell: Confusion

First order of business was doing some of the easier quests. I delivered the Sapphie book back to the library for Daisy, and I told Kate to head back home for Yanque's sake. Got Barner to pay off his debt for the Item Shopkeep's wife's sake, and I prepared to take Robel's letter to Torino at Tibri. Upgraded my gear with the money I got from the first three quests, two Leather Armors for Avin and Mile and a Buckler for Avin. Met Shannon, delivered the letter, and went back to do more quests.

Helped the chief of the Phildin library with translating an ancient manuscript, all the words were effectively backwards and in katakana lol, warded off (couldn't kill ;;) the Beach Kargess, this one I had to go easy on, with a bit of savestating, so I didn't waste too much money reviving Avin. Leveled up a bit to ⚔️Lv6 and 🪄Lv2 as Avin, and ⚔️Lv5 and 🪄Lv3 as Mile (Mile was already at Lv3 but), and upgraded our gear to a Long Sword for Avin, and two Bezant Armors for both, as well as two Fine Shields for both before trying the Beach Kargess for real (actually upgrading Mile might have come later, 4get...).

Did the mining quest to find a Sapphire. Basically you had to check both ore walls in the deepest ends of the mining site, one of them holds an Emery, which is useless. I'd imagine which holds the Sapphire depends on which you head to first, that's how I'd program it if I was making a PC JRPG in 1996. The mine has very samey map chunks as do all of the out of town paths, but the biggest problem is the amount of encounters. Avin got decently strong fighting Patroller Birds in the rough mountain roads, so he was around ⚔️Lv 7-8?

And the Zan Shen actually don't have strong lightning attacks in this version, which actually helps since the Poupils can be a bit of a pain. But both can poison you, which is bad. Used up my Tent that I got from the elder in Ourt to revive Avin after the first go, and went back to Phildin to cash in my excess Pisca and buy a bunch of Antidotes (max amount is 10 so 100 Rose). Round two went well though. We got poisoned a few times, including when heading back after finishing the quest but the Antidotes saved our bacon.

With the roughly 1000 Rose I had (600 from the quest's reward), I could get a Bastard Sword for Avin and recruited Martie. I think I gave him a Bezant Armor and Fine Shield too.

I'm gonna level up Martie to around ⚔️Lv5 (he's already 🪄Lv5, so leveling up his black magic shouldn't be needed for a few more towns), the blog post I linked earlier suggests using 1000 Rose to recruit Muse and selling her equipment for more dosh than what it takes to get her into your team, when she's really not that useful in this version, and I'm gonna do that once I do the Ziziki Cavern quest to beat up the Syamseal Gang fuckers. I'll try to get a Bastard Sword for Mart and a Long Boomerang for Mile too, before heading to Prayerwood, behind Tibri (and then making my way to the Benequia Monastery).

The endgoal for party member #4 is noted lovable little shit/boy wonder Rael at Guia. Hard save set, but made a savestate after it just in case.

Avin is ⚔️Lv9🪄Lv5.
Mile is ⚔️Lv5🪄Lv6, iirc.
Martie is ⚔️Lv2🪄Lv5, iirc.

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What do I feel about this game?

This game sadly relies too much on "tell don't show" at least in the intro and really skimps out on the road maps, they're all smaller, messier, hard to move in submaps put together in different arrangements, while giving too much detail to the overly massive city maps with ridiculous amounts of different elevation, which makes movement Mad Clunks. It's also just way too hard, it's Garbage!SaGa. I cannot recommend this, but I'll keep going.

I like the quest guild system and I'm glad it came back for Trails, shit like this just scratches the micro-goal part of my brain something fierce.

I got spoiled for this in the blog post but, it also completely fucks up the

Mile eats shit and dies

twist (spoilers for both versions lmao) which is something I cannot forgive when the Win/PSP version fucking delivered on that, and kind of inspired a scene in like... I think Cold Steel IV with a pivotal scene in AToV Win's ending, see the Gagharv references page in Kiseki Wiki (mind the spoilers).

Oh yeah I also got spoiled for this but uh.

Eimelle eats shit too

(spoilers for this version only I think). Why? I don't know. It's terrible and bleak, not even Arc the Lad 2 goes this pointless feeling in its bleakness and that game is Depresso Mode.

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Oh shit good job! I need to give Alcahest another go, I've messed around with it a bit, but it feels a bit more twitchy than I'm used to these days. Need to practice, shouldn't be too hard ^^;

Ristar on Game Gear is very fascinating, I really like the differences in region wrt levels. Stage 2 got a raw deal when it's so cute and original :c At least its ice planet (I'm going by the Japanese version term and not considering it the same as Freon) is still super cool and neat and epic and for the win.

Gunstar Heroes is super cool and I've been meaning to do a run where I don't just use the homing/laser mix at all for quite a while now. No real shame on people who use it, it's a tool to help less experienced or more casual folk get into the game, I just wanna give myself some more bite to the game. I actually haven't really played the Game Gear version, I'm very curious.
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So now I'm at exactly 62.5% of the way through The Lost and Damned. Five eighths into this already. This is going to be a brisk runthrough, even going full completion, by the looks of things. I've already completed most of if not all the side missions at this point save maybe one or two minor things, rest of this is just going through the story missions (which I'm probably a little over halfway through?). I just got past

Johnny being forced back into leadership of The Lost after the second botched heroin deal

. While I don't know if I'll complete this over the long holiday weekend (seeing a friend tomorrow, then I have a picnic on Sunday (follow by possibly Civ V? WWE2K23?)...also need to buy some new jeans, prolly on Saturday), I see myself finishing before the 31st.

Honestly, TLAD addresses a lot of the problems I had with GTA IV. The friendship system is revamped so it's far less tedious. You only have two friends you have to juggle with, and their abilities are unlocked at game start, so you never have to worry about constantly hanging out with them or facing a decline in like/respect score. They also don't pester you while you're doing other things (though, there are fewer things to do in the game than in the base game, sooooo), so it feels a little more natural. They also added a cancel function on your phone so you don't have to worry about missing a commitment. Most importantly, though, the friendship event is more reasonable: Both of your friends show up regardless of who you call (you're in a biker gang, after all, and they're both members). You go to your event, do your thing. Then, you just hop on your bike, and it's done. No need to haul your friend's ass back to wherever they were. It just ends. Really stellar for drinking events, since you no longer have to worry about being caught drunk by the cops. On top of that, both both of your friends get their friendship scores boost. And finally, 100% only requires you to take them to all the events they can do, which are the same. No need to have a required score.

On top of all this...motorcycles feel much better to use (and it's much harder to fall off, something I found really annoying about bikes in the base game that I avoided them as much as I could). If you need a vehicle, you don't need to steal, you can just call your friend to get you a bike and he'll deliver it to you. There are only 50 seagulls to kill vs. 200 pigeons, and most are close enough to the street that you can just drive by and shoot one, then move on (and if you have cops coming after you, you're already on your bike and can get away). Some of the new weapons, particularly the automatic pistol, are very good and fun to use. It's got a decent mood going for it. The only major issue I have with the DLC is that bikes are much more susceptible to the game geometry, and I've been flown about more times than I can count.

Some thoughts on the story...
It's interesting that they establish a deep tension between Johnny and a good chunk of the club. The Lost is unique among OMGs for having open membership, which is probably the only reason Johnny is in it, alongside Jim (who seems to be mixed race) and Clay (who is black). But Johnny's tensions run deeper in that antisemitism is the source of the tension for him, a secular Jew. The club's main rivals, the Angels of Death, are blatantly white supremacist (and thus implicitly antisemitic...I haven't heard them explicitly speak about Johnny's Jewishness, but such things are part and parcel for whites-only groups like that, especially OMGs, in the real world). But just as much, his own leader spouts antisemitic commentary, as does said leader's lackey. It's not the cartoonish and buffoonish hatred of Neo-Nazism, nor the unfortunate overstepping that some Palestinian supporters do in their anti-Zionism. It's more...run-of-the-mill, speaking in banal but surly stereotypes. The type that just wears you down over time. I see Johnny sd incredibly wound up. But it ain't just that his leader is a heroin junkie who is impulsive and quick to anger much like Mikhail Faustin was in the main game, nor that his gang's now facing down a lot of heat from botched drug deals and increased warfare that makes. It's also years of enduring being seen as "the Jew." It's a compelling point of narrative that you don't see often. You certainly won't see that passing muster these days.
An aside: Weird moment of apocrypha in the intro, where we see Niko walking down the street in Alderney. He couldn't have been there at that point, since TLAD starts relatively early in the main game, when Niko is still stuck on Broker/Dukes/Bohan. (Jason, an enforcer, is alive at the start of TLAD, and his death by Niko in the main game for fucking Faustin's daughter is a plot point.) That said, the game is completely open at the start, disregarding the plot-induced barriers at the start of the main game that locked Niko up in the eastern third of the map. Sooooo...I dunno.

Anyway...I see this being done quickly. I will probably wrap up Bioshock Infinite - Burial at Sea next since that won't take long. After that...I won't start The Ballad of Gay Tony right away, as Fiesta season is imminent. Might just go through Pilotwings 64 to get it done. I would like to pick up and play 9 Years of Shadows before raocow starts that, since it is on my Steam wishlist. But TBoGT will happen at some point this year. And then...I can move on to other PC games in my backlog.
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The thing's that sad to me is that the GTA4 expansion pack episodes were way more fun than the base game. It's like they totally forgot what made the GTA3 line of games fun and just released a poor sandbox while Niko was looking for someone or doing it for the right price for 80% of the game. GTA5 fixed that.

Anyhoo, Tears of the Kingdom. I should really beat one dungeon already before I get so far in that these skills won't have much use. I'm exploring a bit too much. Time to make progress. I just about have a completed set of clothes at this point

with one fairy blessing level to make them stronger

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Kingdom Farts 2 Final Shit - Beast's Castle and Olympus Coliseum cleared. Got the Chicken Little summon (don't feel like using it). So.

Beast's Castle was fun, but a bit too short. I really like the designs on the door and ballroom heartless, super cute and super kissable. I will say I kinda dug the lantern lighting minigame, but I wish it was more obvious that you needed Mrs. Potts to help sprinkle water. Also her speed is abysmal. I'm turning my back on my dislike of Reaction Commands, but I still don't 100% like that they're mandatory finishers, it'd be like Mortal Kombat not allowing you to kill an opponent and winning Round 2 or whatever without like ripping out their pancreas or something, it's so weird.

Also glad we didn't see Beast's ugly human form, that design really needed some extra time in the oven compared to the super good beast form design.

Olympus Coliseum was neat, I forgot what the Drive button was so I didn't really need it, and I didn't really use as much of my MP outside of an instance where I used Blizzard to snipe a fat boy heartless. Demyx was actually super easy, so I'm not sure if this is the battle everyone hates or if there's another Dance Water Dance bit, took me two tries but that's only because I didn't fully understand what Wild Dance did at first until a bit into the battle, it's an instant win button.

Auron seems to be more in character than some other FFs, though I'm not sure he'll even matter, which the others really don't either so. Phil is a snack. No further comment. A cat is Herc and Zeus are fine too. Cerberus was super fun and I kind of almost died a few times. I used some AP Boosts and the Str Boost I found here on Sora, plus one AP on Goof, so. The Hydra was Fine, I'm just shocked its model is so ugly. "Get up on the hydra's back" is a Dreadful Noise, but I feel like noted pedophile James Woods' voice lines during the Escape From Hades sequence were just as bad.

No offense to my boy Hades just I'm sorry the Soulless Mouse Corporation saddled you with a rightwing predator to give your voice.

Megara was the best character in Olympus, I wish she could fight too like Herc or even as part of a Reaction like Phil and Pegasus, but sadly I don't think that's a part of her character in the OG movie :c

Might play the PC98 version of noted shit game Dragon Slayer: Legend of Heroes II tomorrow. Also in the mood to try out Tenerezza on PC again, need to get past Duma's garbage fetch quests (at least the first two).
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And now I have beaten one dungeon in Tears of the Kingdom. That was some of the most fun I've had playing a new game in years, both the actual place itself and even the journey just to get there.
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Oh shit good job! I need to give Alcahest another go, I've messed around with it a bit, but it feels a bit more twitchy than I'm used to these days. Need to practice, shouldn't be too hard ^^;

Ristar on Game Gear is very fascinating, I really like the differences in region wrt levels. Stage 2 got a raw deal when it's so cute and original :c At least its ice planet (I'm going by the Japanese version term and not considering it the same as Freon) is still super cool and neat and epic and for the win.

Gunstar Heroes is super cool and I've been meaning to do a run where I don't just use the homing/laser mix at all for quite a while now. No real shame on people who use it, it's a tool to help less experienced or more casual folk get into the game, I just wanna give myself some more bite to the game. I actually haven't really played the Game Gear version, I'm very curious.
Oh yeah, Alcahest is great. I still find dashing pretty weird to execute though and I've been playing this game for weeks now.

Indeed, Ristar on Game Gear is fascinating. Pretty cool what they were able to pack in that Game Gear cart. I did find myself just wanting to play Ristar on the Genesis though. Personally, I prefer Gunstar Heroes (GG) over Ristar (GG) simply because that's more my kind of thing but I'd recommend anyone interested to play them both at least once.
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Bean wrote: 11 months ago The thing's that sad to me is that the GTA4 expansion pack episodes were way more fun than the base game. It's like they totally forgot what made the GTA3 line of games fun and just released a poor sandbox while Niko was looking for someone or doing it for the right price for 80% of the game. GTA5 fixed that.
They're definitely more fun, but to a limit. One of this issues I had last night was maxing out on the Gang Wars. While getting to the percentage max (25) wasn't too hard, reward max (50) was a pain in the ass. They overdid things by just flooding you with enemies, particularly ones that throw grenades you can never see and get no warning about. I probably lost an hour or two just from wars that ended with a grenade killing me. It got a little tedious there.

I'm very near the end now, at about 94.66%. I'll probably finish it today, if not tomorrow. I'll give my thoughts afterward.
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Baldur's Gate: Started a Fighter/(Wild) Mage/Thief triple-class this time instead of my usual Fighter->Cleric. Figure I'll try something different this time (mostly going FMT because Bard doesn't get favorable weapon growth)

Battle Network 2: Freezeman down, time to go raid Kotobuki for real.
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Well, I've finally finished Alcahest. Overall, I enjoyed it! Some of the level design is a bit "eh" to me but everything else was really well done. I might play it again someday but not now because man, that game wore me out. :ehh:
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Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes II - lmao

Finished grinding to Lv8 outside Ralpha then boarded a boat to Yord so I could go and help Flora out of the fucking Royal Mausoleum. We fought Pulldarm and he went down after I cast Syles and wailed on him a bit, no biggie.

After speaking with Sonia, we were stuck not being able to leave the fucking country to get to Atlas' dad Selios (*tgcd loh1 voice* ahhhh dear prince logan), and Erion, as Flora's creepy as fuck pedo dad put out like a fucking APB to make sure she doesn't leave, and Atlas didn't have the fucking Republic of Moreston on speed dial for the Warp Leaf because he hadn't been there yet, don't ask me how that works. We couldn't sail there either because the rapids between Cedar and the Kingdom of Soldis are *sonic secret rings voice* The Wicked Wild.

So we had to get Board to fucking cruise us to Rudra in the Kingdom of Soldis privately, dude thought Atlas and Flora were eloping, I think, I wasn't paying full attention to the dialogue. Taking this detour, we headed to Baznune to talk to King Artos about Flora's visions that the goddess Freya was transmitting into her as she slept like electromagnetic waves entering your head, that's also why she went into the Mausoleum too.

Taking a detour from Rudra to Rishelle, we manage to finally get into the goddamn Republic of Congo, and make our way around to Nasoul, where... Well I wasn't paying full attention to the dialogue but I think Landeau was impressed by this one dude (actually their gender is partially ambiguous but!) who looked mighty tough and wanted to get to know him because, lbr Landeau is like the fucking garbage bad influence older brother who gets little ol milhouse ass Atlas into all sorts of dumb bullshit, but Atlas is just too sheltered to get corrupted. Flora's Yuna ig

Making our way to Phaette we go to speak to the village elder and find that the big buffo from earlier was at his house, and bumped into Landeau and crew all nonchalantly. Turns out their name is Cindy (yes it's not a cool name, this is pointed out) and it turns out they've lost their memories and can barely even speak, the poor thing. Aiming to get their memories back, we have our four man crew lined up for this game.

I've grinded up to Lv11 as Atl and Land, and Flor and Cind are Lv10. I'm aiming for Lv12 before I head to the Maw of Hades to fight Grogg Guard. But first I'll have to drop by Corks and then speak to Drake in the Wolf's Mouth cave.

EDIT: Oh yeah my biggest strategy for this game is like "make most of the magic charges correspond to Res (healing magic) charges". So I just have 7 Res in everyone's magic lists. it's still not an instant win button. Long story short you can only use each of the eight magic charges once per battle, or in the overworld. Regardless of where you use it, it only recharges in the overworld and towns where it takes roughly 14-15 seconds per charge. It's weird, but at least it's not FF1 and FF3's garbage Vancian Magic.

Tenerezza - This one is funny and you'll see why

Okay so I spent like half the time getting a bunch of Silver from the Golem in the Star Ruins, after getting em, and getting the fucking Map of the Cursed Forest from Duma! Cute ass fucking grandpa, but goddamn it! I felt like doing some more fetch quests. I started Keats' retrieval job for 5 Amethysts and I told Indy he could head back to Star Ruins. This was a mistake :}

I aimed for the Imps in the Star Ruins, but... I triggered an event with Indy, I didn't think of it much despite getting the Red Orb from him, so after I died, I got a cutscene. And I couldn't trigger the event. Missed on like four chained events, counting this one. Next time...

Getting the Amethysts, I gave them to Keats and got the Dragon's Eye. This will come in handy in further exploration of the wastelands, but I'm gonna do the Cursed Forest next. I've started Caroline's quest for Monster Meat, but it'll have to wait a bit. Gustave is so cute...

My biggest problem with this is that I don't know why Aquaplus thought tying fetch quests to progressing in the story was a good idea. Especially how you technically have to deal with the Golem enemy who hits like a fucking truck. As an aside, I'd have really appreciated an Escape Rope type item, because jesus christ getting back to town when you're like, inside the Star Ruins... Fuuuck. Getting HP restores from level ups was clutch as good healing item prices are a bit steep, 100 gold for a single one, and the 40 gold one is very paltry.

This is also a game that runs on Dragon Quest rules, do you get sent back to the save spot (your bed) or do you reload and get your money back? You also get saves in dungeons, but you have to pay 500 gold, you very rarely get this from drops as money is treated as its own separate drop rather than something you get passively from defeating an enemy. It's best to just collect scrap iron and sell it to the lady in the Shangri-La item shop.

You have to pay the same amount to use your recipes at the save spot (the little wandering merchant girl), and also have the necessary ingredients. And the inventory is limited. Oh yeah and this may be because it's Aquaplus' first 3D game [citation needed] and it was 2003 but. No camera controls....... help

I cannot in right mind recommend this to anyone, I think Bowl of Lentils or like Pasokon Deacon said this game was the bee's knees but... Nah. It's cute. If the character designs intrigue you (they're so good...) then go ahead, but if you want a good game, I'd rather just stick to Gurumin, it came out the next year but like. I haven't played it but it looks like light years away.

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And so, The Lost and Damned is done. Flawed, but fun. If there were two things that stand out to me since my initial thoughts, it's: It's far more buggy than even base game, and the narrative...eh.

The bugs in this DLC far exceed what I saw in the base game, with a lot of crashes (including a replicable crash involving getting on a specific motorcycle outside the clubhouse), a bunch of wonkiness in various spots, and occasionally, Johnny's model refusing to load (alongside the map). It really derailed a lot of sessions on this.

The narrative, though...it's kind of sad. It feels like the makings of a excellent tragedy are there in what is essentially the fall of The Lost, but it gets lost (no pun intend) in its inability to really connect with the player and execute its vision in a meaningful way. It's too brash and detached for its own good. Part of the problem is that Johnny, whose issues I noted previously, is too hardened an individual to really be a good lead, let alone a tragic hero. They threw on so much scar tissue on him that all that's left is caricature. The hardness seeps into everything he does: There's not a single person he doesn't throw an insult at, even in casual conversation—though he takes offense when somebody does the same more often than not—and his mood vacillates between apathy, bitterness, and rage. Not much of a range. But the thing is, that's all he is, and there's nothing really more to him as this DLC develops. Even Niko, who couldn't shut up about America sucking, had many moments where he was more than that, and he did develop, despite everything. Johnny just feels incomplete, with a lot of the threads that could make his character more interesting just left floating. Moments of vulnerability, moments of depth: They weren't really there. Nothing fundamentally changed about him, even though so much changed around him.

And that's sad. There's definitely the materials necessary to make this into a great story: A hero trapped between loyalty to his OMG and an acute awareness that the leadership will cause the club to implode, a leader whose drug habits and oversized ego are destroying him and everything around him, loyal friends and nasty traitors, a former love falling apart as a junkie. But they never really meld well, and never make for a compelling story. A bit part of this goes back to that incompleteness: There really isn't dialogue that really connects these people in a meaningful way that make their interactions bear some significance. It all feels kind of aimless. The best example of this comes at the end, when Johnny finally confronts Billy and is about to kill him. There's a moment where Johnny hesitates. That could've been a brilliant moment, a brief segment where we see Johnny stop being the hardened biker. But it's never really exploited in a narrative sense. It's too rushed to have that moment. Billy just falls without any sort of gravitas or catharsis. Then afterwards, Johnny talks about all the reasons he had to do it and the fate of The Lost...but he's just talking to himself, and in the same voice he's used throughout this DLC, with none of his Lost brothers responding. It feels so awkward to watch.

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Further proof of all this was they didn't really do all that much with the fact that Johnny is Jewish. This is very evident in the mission at the museum, where they make the exchange with the diamond brokers, all of whom are Jewish and some of whom are Haredim. This could have been a point where they made his Jewish character something more than a point of denigration, with a simple "shalom" or using his brashness as a means to subtly relay his identity. But he says nothing. In fairness, the scene in question is from the original game, and it was not redone for the sake of the DLC (I heard that Niko's VA felt burned by Rockstar, and refused to do anything else with the franchise). But even so...there's not even a comment in the DLC-specific sections of the mission acknowledging that detail. Frustrating, really
Still, it was a fun DLC, and it did make serious improvements to the GTA IV experience. From what I've heard, The Ballad of Gay Tony is the better of the two. So maybe things will improve. We'll see.

With the amount of time I have left in the weekend, I may sneak in Bioshock Infinite - Burial At Sea, Part 2. We'll see.

Otherwise...I continued Pilotwings 64, and got Perfects in Class A, alongside the Cannonball game that unlocks. I can see why Pilotwings is not fondly remembered: Hang-gliding suuuuuuucks. Ah well. I'll keep at it.
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Trials of Mana (2D) - not Trails of Mana despite what some may have u believe (:loud_sound: loh6hoshinoarika.mid)

Well, I felt like restarting on M2's official translation, out of curiosity. No offense to the original translation patch team, they were and are heroes. Angela/Kevin/Hawkeye is the team I'm going with. It's not impossible, but it's one of the hardest, and you'll see why.

Angela's intro went fine, got the Faerie, recruited Kevin outside the Cascade Cavern, fighting the Full Metal Hugger was tough but manageable, lots of Candy throwing. Lumina get. We recruited Hawkeye after he sets us free from werewolf prison. The Machine Golems were manageable too, Jewel Beast was fine. Gnome get. Helped the Hero King Richard at Vorsena, time to get Sylphid. We take a detour from Heavensway to the Somnosa Flower bed nearby and get hit with sleepy baby gas.

After getting helped up by the Amazons of Laurent, we got to the Koropokkur Village to get advice from Donperi, we head to Gusthall (this is where my 3D save is at), fight a Harcypete (harpy + ocypete???), save Sylphid, Sylphid get. We head back to the Somnosas and fucking hit all of the Nevarl bitches with sleepy baby farts, manage to mostly ace Zehnoa and Bil+Ben. I did level up a bit before this in the Vorsena Castle, though, because apparently Bil and Ben are infamous for being a difficulty spike.

The ghost ship whooped ass.

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This and the Captain's Dieary (deathdeathdeathdeath....) are peak video games. I'm not shocked Japanese kids shat themselves inside out at this, kids get scared at literally nothing (proof: I was afraid of the Tails Doll). Gova from Brutal Mario was fun, not very hard either. I love his little Travolta skyward finger point, always did. Surprise! Shade get.

Bouca Island was a difficulty spike for me, mostly the Eggatrices/Pricklebeaks. Levelling up a bit and getting equipped at the Tomato Village (why are you just sitting there and "letting nature take its course"...) we made it to the end of the Seaside Cavern and recruited Vuscav. Public transport get! Richard tells us where next to go and I drop by Altena first for Undine.

This one was the biggest difficulty spike so far, the Candy, Chocolate and Cups of Wishes weren't cutting it, so I had to change class. This is where I actually strategized a bit with my party choice. Kevin had to be a part of the team if I wasn't picking Charlotte or Duran. One of those three had to be in it. And Kevin is probably the worst of them, because he only has a one member heal spell for the Monk class. Warrior Monk gives the full party heal spell.

Anyway Angela gets Sorceress, Kevin gets Monk, Hawk gets Ranger. Angela learned Lucent Beam and Earthquake, Kevin learned Pressure Point and Healing Light, Hawk learned Arrow Rain and Spikes. Beating the Machine Golem S x3 became actually manageable, but I still had to be on my toes, Lv20 or not. I was controlling Kevin for the fight, going ham in attacks and healing, as the others did their stuff. Undine get!

And now I'm at Sirhtan, heading to get Salamando.

All I gotta say? Moti and the thicc Sailors have really cute sprites. Moti really shines in the 3D remake where you can see his cute face in more detail, though <3 I wanna scritch his beard. I also like the Dwarves (and to an extent Von Boyage/Jour) and the Priest of Light but that's just my own bias. I also think it's funny that everyone's just weirdly racist, the beastmen, the dwarves, the micros koropokkur... I'm expecting the elfin folk to be that way once I get to like. Dryad.

oh yeah

i also like the christmas lights all over altena's woodlands. i dont know why they're there but they're epic
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I've been roaming about a little more in Tears of the Kingdom, but it's admittedly more focused with the goal of finding certain pieces of equipment or places where I can eventually upgrade said equipment. I have one current set that's just a few material drops away

from being upgraded to level two so Link won't take any fall damage, for instance

. I will get to the second dungeon I want to do eventually, but being ready for potential enemies that will increase in strength soon is more important right now.
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MMBN2: Gospel defeated. Gospel defeated. Gospel defeated. I think I have enough AreaGrab * now? Gospel Duplication is kind of boring, but then again most exploits are.
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Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes II - Finished grinding to Lv12, then headed down to Corks.

According to president Hans, Gale III (one of the LoH1 protags, Giles in EN) also went missing recently along with the Fangus bandits. As that town got destroyed, we decided to explore the Wolfsmouth cave nearby. A little ways in, we hear the news that Drake, the current leader has been wandering off repeatedly, his lackey kind of vanishing. Finding Drake nearby, he tells us Gale III went to investigate the nearby Maw of the Abyss which opened during an earthquake.

Before he departed, the bandits fought off a few monsters coming from the Dragon's Eggs nearby the cities, but only managed to take down 4, Drake's lackey being slain. III told Drake to set a Box of Poaso to keep the monsters out. Gale I is also missing, II going under the name Ralph as an archaeologist (disgusting!). We decide to follow III's path down the Abyss Maw, in the hopes of finding him, Selios and Erion. Fighting the Grogg Guards, Flora notices what appears to be a human, and we decide to head deeper into the cave.

Meanwhile, King Serios is being tortured in a mysterious prison by a man named Darris...

... INSERT SCENARIO DISK B ...

And thus we head to the underground sections. It's much easier due to the maps I'm using, but doing this blind must be a nightmare. This is definitely a game that requires drawing a map on paper from this point, and they're dark on top of that, so you need torches for now. Later you get a much better item for that.

We find an old man later on, Landeau is hostile, but it seems the old man knows where Atlas' dad is, but first asks us to go to the east and get the Warrior's Ocarina. We didn't have Igna so I couldn't pop the enemies bubbles so I could properly attack them, but I managed to dodge them properly. Flute get. The geezer went missing, so we just keep going west and we run into the town of Ishtar.

A little boy is being chased by a prison guard to take him to the Proth Prison Camp along with the rest of the villagers, saving the little guy, we talk to the other person we can see in the village, the old man comes over and reveals to be a young girl in disguise, Laceia. Meeting up with the resistance, our King is at Grostos Castle, and we'll have to cooperate to get him out.

According to the people around town, the emperor of Fargesta has separated Isoux and Ishtar to avoid an uprising, and that due to the cave in closing away Isoux, the only way left to get to Grostos is through Ahul. Lastly, a prohibition on alcohol has been put in place. After speaking to everyone, we see someone head back to the hideout. Turns out Serios is at the castle alright.

We infiltrate with Laceia but sadly, our loud noise ends up alerting the guards. Laceia went to clear her head at the graveyard outside of town. Seems someone in Isoux could help us, as they have easier access to Grostos. While there is a rock in the way we'll need explosives. Board to the rescue. To get him to give us some explosives, we're gonna need some high quality booze, thankfully in Ahul there is a master brewer.

The brewer Harvey agrees to let us have his moonshine, if we give him its ingredient, the King of Mushrooms, a very rare mushroom that only grows at Anneth Tower, which is being heavily guarded. We beat the guard at the entrance, and we get the Mushroom. Sadly Landeau was too lazy to shut the door behind him and all of the manufactured beasts escaped.

Getting the Moonshine, bastard only needed the mushroom to eat, we take it to Board, blow up the rock and... Oh. Monsters are flooding in from Anneth... oops. We're around the Isoux area right now, I'm heading to the Isoux~Castle area first to meet up with some NPCs for an event flag. Grinded to Lv17 to prepare for the Ch2 boss.

The lamps in Isoux are essential.
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The Legend of Heroes II - Okay I really might invest in a replay of this where I don't use Silence or Silent later down the road. Anyway, long story short. We defeated Darris, had to use Silence to keep his "cloaking in spirit energy" at bay. And it turns out that, the mayor of Isoux? Well, that's Giles/Gale's grandpa, The Great Thief, Gale the First (Gale the Great ig).

We're gonna storm the Proth Prison now, after we took back Selios and co., to free the people of the underground. I'm saved at the path north of Sepia Lake spawning Cubella (more like cabela, pew pew) to Proth. I'll have to use more maps for it, but it's fine.

I do need to grind a bit to upgrade my gear at Euisis (almost read this as Eusis, need to finish phantasy star 2..), so I'll have to take a small detour to the Cubella~Grostos Castle area, and I'll have to take the long way around using where I currently am, as I don't have the Cubella Pass yet to go there through Euisis. Hate border patrol.

For now I'd like to work a bit for the next week or so, with maybe a bit of collab contributions (SDS2, AAT) or even shitposting in RM2k3. I may sneak in a bit of games in for proper rest, maybe a movie or anime/manga (need to continue Marriagetoxin and check out the translations of Godaigo that Kounosuke put on his pixiv..), but working on my art skills is a bit more important right now.

Kind of in the mood for some Chinese martial arts movies, a Sammo Hung and Jackie Chan movie was airing on tv today and Sammo's such a darling little thing... Blame Live-A-Live, though I did pick Li. Also Rena, and another trans snow leopard friend of mine I don't speak as much with, they go by Cyra right now. Jackie's lovely too but I'm very sad he's kind of a cop irl, Chinese politics can be a mess depending on where you're from I feel, plus the corrupt government watching the celebrities' every word...

Also I opened like 77 tabs of cute men pics on Twitter to send to my friend ("feed me MEN", he said) + a cute cat gif as a wee shitpost, and it nearly murdered my RAM completely. Keep forgetting Firefox is also a bit of a memory hog, it's just less so than Chrome. I'll add most of them to my reference folder tree too, along with a bunch of safer pics, and pics of girls.
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Met up with one of my favorite BotW characters again here, Sidon, in Tears of the Kingdom yesterday. Figured I'd at least start going and doing some more of the main quest stuff since I've explored all over and realized that

you kind of get neat helper powers that make things easier by beating dungeons. They even act as damage dealers or distractors at times, too!

, so kind of an important thing to do before doing too much here!
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MMBN2: Hunting Octavian and LavaDrgn today. This is why BN3 added the elemental seeker programs (Fish, Battery, Jungle, and Oil Body).
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MSG: Battle Operations 2 - Same game but it's on PC now. Despite having no data transfer for the game, starting from scratch with friends has been a decent bit of fun. The glaring difference between players who have been playing since vanilla battleop or on JP console really shows, but I'm sure new players will get a grasp for how the game plays and all the other nuiances in combat. The open/closed betas that were held for the game in past months were plagued with connection issues and servers crashing, while granted things are running fine currently, I'd still wouldn't put it past bamco on flubbing up server connectivity just randomly. Regardless, this'll be a nice game to load up every now and again with friends.

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Tears of the Kingdom update:

The Master Sword is back in Link's hands once again

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I just 1cc'd Elemental Master today on a whim. I actually almost 1cc'd it the other day but died on the final boss.
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i keep confusing that with jewel master which also owns. apparently JM was originally a sharp x68k game before getting canned? there is a prototype out there but it's not dumped, and i don't expect it to be in the next few decades. MAYBE it'll make it into the hands of the game preservation society in japan but

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