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September 14, 2011

I'm nearly finished with my playthrough of Breath of Fire II for this month's contest. I'm also nearly finished with my replay of Rogue Galaxy, where I've toughed it out and am at the beginning of the 13th and final chapter.

I'm trying to decide if I should rework that review, as I think I was too hard on it the first time. However, the "too hard" is more like where I think it should have gotten a 5 or so instead of a 3, as opposed to the sort of dramatic difference that would really warrant a rewrite. Time will tell. Just like time will hopefully tell me why I've invested like 50 hours of my time into replaying a game I didn't like just because a little voice in my head thought I should give it a second chance.

In other news, I've been looking both at my game collection and the collection of games I don't have, specifically in the RPG and turn-based strategy realms of things. I have a lot of non-ROM games that fit into one of three categories:

1. PS1 games I've beaten, but it was before I started reviewing and I'd have to probably play all or part of them again to review them.

2. Games I haven't played and/or beaten yet. Ranging from one of the PS1 Spyros to Final Fantasy XIII.

3. Reviewed games with unfinished business. Maybe it was a platformer that I played 70 percent of and felt I had enough of an experience to review. Or a RPG where I haven't got around to the postgame bonus stuff (and I would like to at least try it).

So, I've created a list of PS1, PS2 and 360 games I'd consider buying. And then after looking at Amazon, chopped some of them off the list (hmmm...Suikoden II's price HASN'T plummeted, I'll be damned...). Purchasing those will be rewards for clearing stuff off the unfinished list. Along the lines of a 3 things done, 2 games bought sort of thing. Finishing and reviewing Call of Duty 3 was one thing. Finishing Rogue Galaxy is another. The third likely will be finishing and reviewing Tales of Vesperia, since that game got put on the backburner for some reason in like May or so.

So, if anyone has ideas for games to purchase in the near future or down the road in more of the RPG/turn-based strategy genres, feel free to give them. Note: I will know if you're not being sincere, so don't even try suggesting that Monsterseed or whatever it's called, Emp. I'm mainly trying to avoid games that either generally considered CRAP or movies masquerading as games (which so far really has only eliminated the Xenosaga series).

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honestgamer honestgamer - September 14, 2011 (12:43 PM)
Heh. I have been in the same shoes so many times it's not even funny. The difference between us is that I'm not really working on my backlog and you are, which automatically is a win for you. Some games to consider if you haven't already:

Ar Tonelico (PS2)
GrimGrimoire (PS2)
Radiant Historia (DS)
Etrian Odyssey III (DS)

Good luck whipping your backlog into shape. I will hopefully be doing more of that myself soon, but I keep letting myself get distracted by the allure of new games. If I take a break from that, it'll be January at the soonest.
Genj Genj - September 14, 2011 (02:15 PM)
Xenosaga III is actually really good, but the I is pretty mediocre and II is a complete mess.

If this includes Western style RPGs I'd definitely recommend Fallout: New Vegas (patched) and Deus Ex: Human Revolution if you haven't already gotten them.
overdrive overdrive - September 15, 2011 (09:15 AM)
From names mentioned:

I don't have a DS. Therefore, those two probably won't get on my list in the near future.

Grim Grimiore. I saw it got good reviews. Might have to consider it.

Ar Tonelico. That and the Mana Khemia games are the same company that did that Aterlier Iris 3 that I reviewed a couple years ago, right? Might have to look into those. For some reason I didn't put them on the list.

With the western RPGs, I tend to like waiting until they've been packed into Game of the Year editions, so I can get everything at once. Especially after all the cash I put into getting all the Dragon Age Origins stuff where the only effects of buying everything immediately were a good thing (getting Stone Prisoner free with the purchase of the original game) and a bad thing (Return to Ostagar causing specializations to disappear until the problem was fixed and a patch was made). It just seems better to wait until glitches have been faxed and I can get everything at once. I do need to buy Fallout 3 and possibly Borderlands some time. And then move up to New Vegas, the new Deus Ex and eventually Skyrim. After I finally finish Oblivion.

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