My name's Rob. I'm insane, but not in a criminal way. At least, not yet. Take the character of Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High, make him older and chubbier...and you pretty much know all you need to know about me.
At the newspaper I work at, we have a very annoying advertising rep. She was on vacation last week. I was happy. She's back this week....and keeps talking....and talking....and talking. Not really to me, but just to anyone in general. Obviously, since this is a newspaper, people are going to communicate, but she never seems to shut up. She asks questions about things anyone with a bit of intelligence could figure out on their own with a few seconds of deliberation.....blabbers about meaningless things....and just generally wastes enough oxygen in any given day to make Mars a habitable planet.
I remember a ways back (like a couple years) when the community was still at GFaqs, someone was talking about Chrono Trigger and mentioned that game's main flaw was its lack of difficulty — something I'd kind of agree with. I was killed a few times by Giga Gaia (due to being underleveled), had a few problems with Son of Sun (until figuring out that he couldn't touch me with fire-absorbing armor on) and struggled a bit with the end-game Lavos bosses (big robotic thing inside and the alien w/pods) and a couple other optional bosses like Mother Brain. Still, I cruised through much of the game and after replaying it with a bit more level-building, most of those tough battles became far easier.
So, during the summer, it looks like I'll be on a pure PS2 RPG binge (note to self: go through computer's ROM folders to find shooters and quickee action games in order to be a somewhat consistent contributer review-wise). On the docket are:
1. Tales of Legendia (currently in Chapter Four).
2. Star Ocean: TtEoT (currently at the Sphere Corp. building...just whomped Azazel or whatever the smarmy douche's name is).
3. Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne (currently getting ready to do the one sewer level with the four Oni bosses).
4. Atelier Isis 3 or whatever its name actually is....that new one (getting as a freebie....to soon be my one and only top project).
5. Final Fantasy XII (borrowing from my best friend, likely tomorrow).
Man.....that took a long time. I finally finished my review for Star Ocean: The Second Story.
About three weeks ago, I started it. I've mainly been just playing a couple of RPGs, so I had no reviews on the horizon, so I figured I'd review one of my old favorites from yesteryear. The game had left enough of an impression on me I figured it'd be no problem at all for me to crank out a review in one or two typing sessions.
Man, between work and watching college basketball with the aid of alcohol, I've been swamped the last few weeks, which has meant no real free time for much of anything else. As far as reviewing goes, things have been slow mainly because I'm still trying to work through some PS2 RPGs and considering that they tend to take 100 hours if you do the bonus dungeons and whatnot, that can take awhile.
Anyway, I'll have one or two reviews up this week, for those who've subscribed to my personal fan club and are interested.
Anyway, here's my list of reviews taken directly from that link Venter put in his blog. That means you WON'T be getting the date I did them or the actual links to them (because I'm in my usual lazy mood), but out of the kindness of my heart, I shall bestow comments on them to you on ALL 43 of them!
Karnov (NES) — seems I might have been either struggling with or coming out of my writer's block of early '06 with this one.
GG Aleste (Game Gear) — I honestly can't remember anything about this review.
Final Fantasy III (NES) — fun review for a fun, hard-hitting RPG. I was proud of this one.
Legend of Hero Tonma (TurboGrafx-16) — I seem to recall getting some positive comments on my comparison of this Irem platform game to their shooters.
All entries subject to change, since I honestly listen to so much music in so many genres that I know I'll be missing some great stuff because I'm kinda doing this spur-of-the-moment-like. I'll only include genres for groups I feel the majority of you don't listen to/care about/know about....although I do include commentary for all!
#: 311 (best number group I have anything by...by far).
A: Amorphis (Finnish folk/death/progressive metal/rock....depending on time period...they evolved greatly from their early pure death days)
B: Bob Dylan ('nuff said)
C: Cathedral (British stoner metal, influenced heavily by Sabbath, but with a heavier, sludgier sound)
D: Dream Theater (awesome progressive rock/metal)
E: Entombed (Swedish death/hardcore punkish stuff)