xnera: Icon of Riku from Kingdom Hearts, in Heartless attire. (dark riku)
I finished Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days yesterday. I think I enjoyed it more this playthrough than I did the first time. I wouldn't say I disliked it the first time, just that I got more out of it this time. It takes place concurrently with Chain of Memories and tells the story of what was going on in Organization XIII. I like Roxas more than I like Sora (but Riku will always be my favorite). The gameplay is similar to other Kingdom Hearts games. One thing that is different is how you develop your character: you have panels that you install, for instance a level up panel, a Cure panel, a Potion panel, etc. The game is divided into missions; each mission has a goal that must be reached. I rather liked this approach.

Once I finished the story I still wanted to play video games, so I fired up Mission Mode and started making my way through that, playing as Riku. I was doing okay with the Twilight Town missions until I got to the one where I had to kill six giant Heartless, which did me in.

Earlier this year I was at a video game store and saw they had Kingdom Hearts Re:coded. I am kicking myself for not buying it. I didn't even know that game was released in the U.S. It's probably long gone from the store by now.
xnera: Icon of Noctis from Final Fantasy Versus 13, wearing a suit and looking upwards. (suit)
I finished my second Four Job Fiesta run! I was playing as a Black Mage, Summoner, Beastmaster, and Dragoon. I did take notes but I won't bore you with all the details. Neo Exdeath took a few tries, mostly due to being unlucky. The hardest fight was actually the crystals in the Forest of Moore. I tried taking them out one by one, as recommended in the Caves of Narshe walkthrough. I kept dying to Aqua Breath, though. Finally, after about 11 attempts, I said screw it, and changed my ability on my beastmaster and dragoon from !Black to !Summon, and sicced Titan on the crystals. That killed off the fire and wind crystals. The water crystal was killed off by a Jump from the Dragoon. Which left the earth crystal. I melee'd it, and ending up winning with only Galuf, my dragoon, standing.

After the Four Job Fiesta I considered knitting some more, but I've got a big pile of nope when it comes to knitting right now. Instead I started up Chrono Trigger. I've been playing it mostly without a walkthrough (I am usually a copious walkthrough user) because my way of reading walkthroughs, my PSP, is dead. I've been doing okay, though I did have some problems with Giga Gaia that required extra leveling to beat. Death Peak caused me fits. It took over 200 attempts to make it past the first screen... and then I missed the save point, and died to the Lavos Spawn, so had to make the climb AGAIN, ugh. Luckily I managed the climb in only five tries the second time. I'm now stuck in Geno Dome. I can't make the run fast enough to open the door with the robot behind it. Ugh.

So I put Chrono Trigger down, and picked up Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, which I've played before. I considered playing Proud mode, but chickened out and started a standard game. Play is going pretty well, though I really hate the "Don't get caught!" mini-games. I suck at those.

I went to the library today and while there I checked out the games they have. There's Tomb Raider for the Xbox 360. I think I might go back tomorrow and get it. Games only have a week's rental, and I didn't want to get it today because I can't use mom's car next Monday to return it. She's off on Tuesdays, though, so that works.
xnera: Icon captioned "Where the hell is the save point?" (where's the frakking save point?)
Calming music is much appreciated when you have the double-whammy of anxiety + ADD. Really helps with the focusing thing.

Sometimes, though, it's not calm you need. When your to-do list contains a googolplex of items, you spilled coffee on your shirt, the cat is hacking up hairballs, the mortgage payment is due, and you're working on the boss fight of spreadsheets?

That, my friends, is when you need some battle music.

(slight spoiler for FFX at that link re: spreadsheets, btw)

kinda long so I'll be nice and cut it )
xnera: Black and white icon of Sora from Kingdom Hearts. (kingdom hearts)
Finished Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories tonight. Woohoo! I plan on writing long posts about it tomorrow. A bit too sleepy for that now.

But not sleepy enough that I can't immediately go start Kingdom Hearts II. :D

...damn. Cat just jumped into my arms. *sighs* Guess I'll have to wait a bit.

WOOHOO!!!

Mar. 20th, 2008 06:13 pm
xnera: Black and white icon of Sora from Kingdom Hearts. (kingdom hearts)
I FINALLY BEAT THAT FRAKKING BOSS!!!

Not much left to the game. I'll likely finish tonight. Will be kind of sad when I do... I've been enjoying playing on the DS. It's gonna be WEIRD going back to the PS2. Though my middle finger on my right hand will be happy. Something about the way I hold the unit makes it sore.
xnera: Black and white icon of Sora from Kingdom Hearts. (kingdom hearts)
Time for your Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories update! I've got just a teeny bit left before I am in endgame. Right now I'm stuck on a really tough boss. I've read gamefaqs, and they recommend all this complicated stuff that I totally suck at. There's a reason I just mash the A button--I'm really, really slow at doing complicated manuevers. Ugh. I've tried about six times now and I keep dying, so I'm running around leveling up instead. Hopefully that will help some. It's kind of boring, though, so I'm clearing a section of the map in between finishing work tasks. Kind of an incentive to do work, you know?

In other news, I've heard that BSG season 3 is out today. Yay! [livejournal.com profile] mackillian, you want to do a rewatch together?
xnera: Icon of my cat, Raina, stretching in the sun. Caption reads "life is good." (life is good)
Work has been going fantabulously this week. YAY!

About 30 hours into Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories. Am pretty certain I am approaching the endgame. Impatiently waiting for $foo to occur. It better be soon!

No KH tonight, though. Instead I was a crocheting fool. Mom's birthday is tomorrow today, and we're going out for pizza Friday evening. So I needed to make her a gift. And as usual left it to the last minute. I love how fast crochet is, because it'll be done tomorrow. Yay!

Falling into bed now. One of these nights I'll get into bed much sooner...
xnera: Black and white icon of Sora from Kingdom Hearts. (sora)
Somewhere between 18 and 20 hours into KH:CoM. I am amazed at how long the battery's lasted. Wikipedia says battery life is about 10 hours, but I am still going off my last charge. O_O I have the backlight at the lowest possible setting (which may actually be off) so I'm betting that's what's doing it. I usually play in a dark room so even with the backlight low the screen is still very, very bright.

I'm on my favorite world right now (actually at the end of it). Yay! Though in this game there's not much that distinguishes one world from another. I'm going to do a review once I finish playing. So far I'm finding the boss fights uneven. Some have been ridiculously easy, and some have been much, much harder. I'm on one of the hard ones at the moment. Annoying.

I still don't feel any urge to be back on IM. Normally I find IM helps me to do things, but right now it feels like it would be distracting. Playing KH feels urgent right now, like I must finish it ASAP because there are other games to be played. Go figure. Anyway, this doesn't mean I'm not lonely. I am, a bit. Been disappointed when i don't get many comments to my entries. *shrugs* Anyway, I'm not staying away because I, like, hate you all or anything, because I totally don't. I just need one of my intensive introverted times.

Life is still good, otherwise. Except for sleeping in too late this morning (oops). But I went out yesterday for an errand, and I'm getting work done right now (well, before and after this entry), and I'm going to the mailbox a little later to mail Netflix DVDs. I'll wash clothes and do just a tiny bit of the dishes. Right now I need some CAFFEEN and breakfast.
xnera: Black and white icon of Sora from Kingdom Hearts. (kingdom hearts)
Hadn't played Kingdom Hearts in several weeks, because I got stuck trying to beat the last optional boss. The concert got in the mood to play video games again. Except I was feeling kind of blue because there was that really tough boss to beat, and I didn't really want a boss fight at the moment. I wanted story.

So I went ahead and skipped the optional boss and went right to the end boss. Which is ridiculously easy to beat. No, really. Took me about 40 minutes, maybe, and I didn't die once. Meh. I hate it when the end battle is that easy.

Anyway. Going to put some laundry in and maybe make some dinner, and then I'm going to start KH: Chain of Memories. Gonna be interesting playing a long game on the DS...

meh.

Feb. 12th, 2008 06:09 pm
xnera: Black and white icon of Sora from Kingdom Hearts. (sora)
Just beat second optional boss in Kingdom Hearts. In one try. Meh. First time I played the game it took me numerous tries and I got quite frustrated. On the one hand I'm glad it was easier this time, but on the other it was almost TOO easy. I am not a master (mistress?) gamer, so if things aren't difficult for ME, then you know they are way too easy.

Reading up on how to beat the final optional boss right now. I expect that will take several tries. Possibly a lot more. Once I beat that boss the endgame will be supereasy, if long--last time I played I found the endgame a yawn, and I'm sure I'm at a similar or even higher level this time around. So unless it takes me an obscenely long time to beat the boss, or unless I decide to be REALLY anal and go back to beat every single mini-game and get every possible item (not likely) then I imagine I'll be finished with Kingdom Hearts by this weekend.

We drove up to my sister's house this weekend for various kidlet-related activities, so I brought the DS and KH:Chain of Memories along, just in case I got really bored on the drive. I did pull it out on the way up, and had a near meltdown when the DS wouldn't recognise the cartridge. *twitches* The whole reason I bought the DS was to play this game, and I had purposely seeked out a new copy of the game rather than a used one, so there should have been no reason why it didn't work. I asked my sister if we could test it out in one of the boy's GBAs, and it booted fine in the GBA, as well as Kyle's DS. So I'm thinking maybe it had an issue because my battery was low. At least I know the game DOES work, and it's not a bad cartridge. I don't think there's anything wrong with the DS's cartridge slot because other GBA cartridges work fine on it. So yeah, probably just a momentary glitch, possibly caused by low battery.

Now, to get back to that reading...
xnera: Black and white icon of Sora from Kingdom Hearts. (sora)
Wah! I'm missing a blue trinity! And I think it's from a world I no longer have access to! *pouts*

The Blue Rhapsody really likes dropping Frost Shards. Except I maxed out on frost shards. Which means that as I battle, the ground gets littered with them. It's rather annoying, because I keep thinking it's something new to pick up, and I can't

Did a whole bunch of leveling up in an attempt to get items. Got the items, so tomorrow I'm headed to the Coliseum. And then it'll be some boss fights. And then... end game. I really wouldn't be surprised if I have the game finished by next weekend.

In other news: mom called tonight to chat, so I mentioned that I'm taking another crochet class and we're learning how to do granny squares. This prompted her to demand and afghan. "Okay!" I said hesitantly. I kind of planned to make her one eventually, anyway, but dammit, stop asking me for things, people! I've already got plenty of items in my queue to make. I'm also irked because it feels like I haven't had a chance to work on anything for me in a while. Technically the crochet class project is for me, but it's rather ugly so I think I'd only wear it in desperation. Otherwise I have a scarf I'm knitting for dad (which keeps getting put to the back burner), and I still need to make a scarf for mom. Feels like I'm never going to get back to the shawl I was making. Or any of the other countless things I wanted to make for myself.

On the plus side, mom & dad want to take the awesome backstage tour at Disney World. Yay! I was going to suggest we do a tour, but I wasn't sure they'd be up for the long one (mom has bad feet, and I was afraid it'd be too much for her). But apparently there's a fair bit of riding during the tour, so she said she wants to do it. Exciting! Though I also feel a bit weird about it, too, because I had it earmarked to do when I take my solo trip sometime in the future, which was going to be a trip where I spoiled myself doing everything I wanted to do. I guess I'll just have to do one of the OTHER tours when I eventually take my solo trip!

Other than that, it's been a lazy day. I napped in the afternoon, but I think I really, really needed it. I gave up sleeping on the mattress because it didn't seem to be helping my shoulder or my sleep very much. So back to the couch I went. I actually had a decent night's sleep last night, and the nap this afternoon was good, too. My shoulder's not 100% yet, but it's feeling better than it was.

I think I need a new desk at home. I just realised that my shoulders are being drawn forward when I type, which probably isn't helping the back and shoulders any. I've been wanting a new desk anyway, so I guess this is now a priority for this year. Too many priorities, not enough money. *sighs* Really need to sit down and work on the budget some more.

Heading to bed now. Let's hope this week is better than last. I need a good week.
xnera: Black and white icon of Sora from Kingdom Hearts. (kingdom hearts)
So I've got a turkey baking in the oven right now. It's got cheese and tomato sauce and sausage. Okay, it's actually a Gino's East frozen deep dish pizza, but the thing has a pop-up timer in it, and I've only ever seen those in turkeys. It's kind of a good thing I'm not super hungry, because it didn't even occur to me it would take 45 minutes to bake. I'm so used to making pizzas in my pizza oven (thanks mom!) which cooks them really fast. Deep dish wouldn't turn out well in it, though, so in the oven it goes.

Kingdom Hearts news: I've found all the puppies. Yay! I need to get three more trinities, and then those will be complete, too. Yay! Except I'm kinda sad, because the last world is about to open which means I'm entering the endgame. :( There's still plenty more to play: I've decided I want to completely beat the game, so I have backtracking and side quests to do. But it feels like I flew through the game this time, and that's got me feeling a bit weird. I think I'm fearing the "what now?" thing that happens when something in your life comes to an end.

Oh, sure, I know I'm going to go right onto KH: Chain of Memories (which is totally new to me, yay! NO SPOILERS! Though I do have an idea of what happens, since I've played KH2). And after KH:CoM I'll play KH2. And then I'll get back to finishing the endgame in my replay of FFX. And then it'll be FFX-2. And then I'll start FFVII yet AGAIN and try to actually finish the damned game for once (yeah, yeah, I know it's a huge hit and everything, and I do like it, but it's failed to really grab me so far. Not like FFVIII and KH have). And after that... hmm... I think I have Chronicles. Or is it Anthology? *runs out to living room to check* Chronicles, because it has Chrono Trigger, and actually I've played that all the way till endgame and then I got bored, so maybe I'll replay that. And then I'll play the other game on Chronicles (escaping me). And I totally forgot I have Xenogears, so I'll play that after the other game on Chronicles.

But then! THEN I WILL HAVE NOTHING TO PLAY. Well, there's Abe's Exodus and Abe's Odysee, and Buffy Chaos Bleeds, and maybe a few more I'm forgetting, but I won't have any more RPGs. WHAT THE HECK AM I GOING TO DO?!?!?!

OOO, I KNOW! By the time I finish all these games, the new KH games should be out! There we go. And there's still other Final Fantasies I haven't played yet. Which means I should be set for games for several years.

...okay, I'm in a bit of a silly mood tonight. :) Call it cabin fever. It's supercalifragilisticexpialidociously COLD out there today. I did go out in it, to see Jean, but otherwise I've been hanging out at home. And since I pretty much always hang out at home anyway, yeah, going a bit stir crazy. Really can't wait for spring, and warmer weather. Because that makes it SOOO much easier to leave the house.

Now I am going to read game faqs to figure out how the hell I get to a particular section in the current world I'm on. I've totally forgotten how.
xnera: Icon captioned "Geek". (geek)
I've mostly gotten used to the new update.bml. I actually do like the look of it. One thing still bothers me, though--I don't like that the userpic selection is at the top. Yeah, one of the reasons is that I usually pick the userpic AFTER I type the post. But the main reason is I keep going to the wrong drop-down, and then getting very confused when I can't find the keyword I'm looking for. It takes me a minute to realise I've clicked on the "Post to:" drop down rather than the userpic one. This is annoying, but it's not a deal-breaker. I'd prefer if they moved the userpic back to the bottom, but I can live with it at the top.

Heh, this was meant to be a short, quick post, but I got carried away with the minor rant there... Anyway. Was briefly reading news sites this morning, and came across an article that mentioned that Squeenix is going to be realising something called "Kingdom Hearts II: Final Plus Mix" in the spring. I think I may have heard this before, but I forgot about it. Anybody know any details about this? Is it a different game, or is it a different version? It sounds like a different version, to me. Kind of like a director's cut, maybe? I ask because I haven't bought KH2 yet, and I was wondering if I should just wait for the Final Plus Mix, or get the version that's out now. I probably wouldn't be playing it anytime soon, so I can wait a bit.

Speaking of Kingdom Hearts, I'm currently playing the first, and I LOVE IT. Minor Kingdom Hearts spoilers )

Okay, this SERIOUSLY got longer than I expected, so I must get to work now. Later!

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