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I'm still playing Persona Q, so I'm still crawling through dungeons trying to make it to the end with my squad. I gotta say, while the combat system is still as good as its been, I guess the repetition of gearing up, going out, fighting baddies, then returning to save before doing it all over again is making me wary. Personally, I'm mostly playing this for the characters to interact with one another, and so far, it's a little lacking. Don't get me wrong, the characters are funny and some scenarios are goofy, but it's a little less than what I was expecting. It also doesn't help that a lot of the humorous side-stories aren't voiced, leaving a bigger disappointment to it all. Perhaps after I beat this game, I'll go download Persona 3 and 4 for my Playstation 3 off PSN and relive the adventures once more: I didn't beat the former and barely played the latter (thought enough to get a sense of everyone's personality so a lot of quirks were still understandable to me), so it would be a gaming repentence! Still, I'm hoping to be proven wrong with Persona Q, and that the story is going to live up to the premise of this character crossover, but I guess I'll see if it does. The difficult isn't too rough right now (Second Dungeon, Floor 3 currently), but if P3 is of any indication, I'm probably gonna hit that brick wall real soon.

Recently, I was in stores ready to choose between getting Pokemon: Alpha Sapphire, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, and Dragon Age: Inquisition (by price-matching Amazon's $45 price), and I decided to choose the far latter. I was a big fan of Origins, though heavily letdown with its sequel, so when I heard so much about how this new one is on par with the original title, I figured I couldn't go wrong! However, now that I'm hearing how god-like the new Pokemon is, I feel like I might've made the wrong choice: I passed on it because I figured it was just a remake, despite buying Fire Red and Soul Silver first-day (my favorite two generations!), but it sounds like the new additions are amazing! I also passed on Captain Toad, just in case you're curious, mostly because it didn't seem like it would last me through the winter as much as Inquisition will. Regardless, I'm trying to stay my hand because I know I'll regret it, but I'm very tempted to trade in some games in order to snag the other two! And speaking of tempted, and I've admitted similar scenarios like this before, but one deciding factor in getting Dragon Age was because I really wanted to romance Cassandra. Damn, she's captured my heart already!

Hey, Morrigan was the main reason I got into Dragon Age in the first place! Can't wait to see her again (hope that wasn't a spoiler, as it was mentioned a lot), even if I'm a different character.

How is it so far? Well, I didn't get to play much of it: as some of you may noticed, Xbox Live was down over the weekend, so I couldn't access The Keep (a website to allow you to import a "world state") for a while; it also interrupted a session of Payday 2 with fellow Dtoider The Scholarly Gamer, whom I haven't heard from in a couple of weeks! Speaking of, he's doing pretty fine by the way, in case you're wondering, and he hopes to come back to Destructoid soon (he's been caught up with work, but as soon as his contract ends will he might return)!

Anyway, when I finally could play Inquisition, I remade my character 3 times, so a rather large chunk was spent on that screen. I kinda like the way he looked, but now that it's several hours later, I'm debating whether or not to restart again and remake his face. Kotaku said it best: would you rather replay the first couple of hours with a character you like, or spend the next 80 with one you don't? Either way, I can see why this game will take a long time to finish: I got to the Hitherlands, and all I see are places to explore and side-quests to do! However, while I'm very tolerant of the graphics, they look really rough, and it can detract from the intensity of certain scenes when it looks like a blurry, untextured mess (I should mention this is the Xbox 360 version). It's not horrible, and looks pretty good under the right conditions, but it's still a bit too unpolished, and screen-tearing is making me a bit nauseous during exploration. I'm also afraid of these glitches running rampage, like one that mutes your party banter, and one that can even change your character's voice! Still, this is Dragon Age and BioWare, and all the other Dtoiders are saying pretty good things about it, so I'll power through and see what springs forth. Good thing my school semester is ending soon... though on the other hand, that means I should be studying for my finals. Man, Sunday is going to be quite the cram session...

I usually talk about TV in my recaps, and I'm excited for the Christmas/ holiday specials about to arrive! Before I can get to that, however, I wanna talk a bit about AMC's The Walking Dead real quick (possible Season 5 spoilers, though nothing big!). While the season started off really strong with "No Sanctuary" and "Four Walls and a Roof", "Slabtown" was an utter bore, and the resulting story arc more-or-less a hit-or-miss. While I don't mind when the show shifts attention towards the other characters, as the Governor's arc in Season 3 and 4 were amazingly well-done (as well as Season 4's "The Grove"), Rick Grimes is hands down the best character, and I hate not seeing him more often. Like the second half of Season 4, Rick is only in a couple of episodes, and it really makes me lose a lot of interest whenever he's not around: I dunno if it's because he's a well-written character or just well acted by Andrew Lincoln, but I wanna see more Rick! The mid-season finale was also a letdown because even though it had some cool moments, overall the payout was really lackluster, despite a surprise (though slightly telegraphed) ending. I still think the season was pretty great, but I really, really hope that now the characters are back together, once again, they'll stop doing the multiple storyline angle.

The biggest thing to me though was watching the holiday episode of Girl Meets World! For those who may not know, Girl Meets World is a sequel to this 90s show called Boy Meets World, which was one of the biggest shows of my childhood! It taught me a lot of life lessons that I'll never forget, and it was something that I could still watch to this day (along with The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and admittedly Full House). So, hearing that it was getting a sequel that features the daughter of the main character Cory Matthews of the previous iteration, I just had to check it out! It was a pretty good show in its own right, way better than most shows on Disney Channel proper, but as a fan of the original, the main attraction is seeing Ben Savage, as well as Danielle Fishel, reprise their roles as a married couple! They act as kooky as they did in the original, and it's an absolute delight to see them again! The show has done nods to the running gags and quirks from the show, and even a couple of flashbacks in the form of clips!

While some episodes had old characters briefly reprise their roles for a cameo, like the actors for Stuart Minkus (Lee Norris) and Harley Keiner (Danny McNulty), this one really paid tribute to the old show! First on the list was Cory's mom and dad Amy and Alan Matthews (Betsy Randle and William Russ, respectively), who made their entrance in a very humorous manner. Then we saw a character whom was conceived near the end of the original series, Joshua Matthews, being old enough to have his own personality, albeit a bit too "Disney" for me. However, the biggest nerdgasm I got was when best friend and series alumni Shawn Hunter (Rider Strong) showed up at the door, and most of the screentime went towards him! They really fleshed out his character by having him go through something of a character development during the decade-long time between shows while still being true to his personality. This episode was really hitting me with the feels with all the poigant moments, and honestly, this was really one of the best things I've seen this year. I doubt any episode of the rest of this season will top this episode, though I hear Season 2 will offer much more character cameos, including my favorite Eric Matthews (Will Friedle)!

* - No Man's Sky promises a vast galaxy of worlds and planets to explore, and It's About To Get Gay In Here has exclusive news that the developers will promise one world that we're all gonna wanna visit.

A - In honor of the Playstation's 20 Year run, Reinhold Hoffman pays tribute with a blog of 20 PSX games he believes should be resurrected in some way shape or form, like Final Fantasy Tactics, Crash Bandicoot, or Legend of Dragoon!

A - Zerocrossing, in light of Street Fighter V being only on PS4 and PC, wants to talk about console exclusivity, why it exists, what are the benefits to the developers to have their own games limited to a certain customer base, and how gamers feel about seeing a great game that they can only play should they purchase the other platform.

M - Ashamasha decides to take the time to answer the monthly prompt! Not born in an English-speaking country, find out with how videogames has motivated him to learn the greatest language ever, and what lengths he'll go just to learn about the wonderful stories inside Final Fantasy VIII!



V - Johnny Burnes compiles the recently announced Street Fight V trailer and gives another video of his UnPro Speculation series by commenting his initial thoughts about it.





- Dreamweaver

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So remember a couple weeks back when I talked about how my wife got really sick and I had to take care of her for a couple of days? Well, that happened to me this week, but it only happened for, like, 12 hours. That, combined with my Internet being down for most of the week, resulted in me spending almost no time on DToid. I missed you guys! That's also the reason my weekly top 5 came so late this week. Very late, in fact. Last night, if we're being specific. By the way, you should go read that. Don't worry, I'll remind you later in this post.

So yeah, like I mentioned, I got really sick this past Tuesday. I don't know what happened. I was just sitting at work doing churchy-type things, and then out of nowhere my stomach started hurting. I thought maybe it was the poop-cramps, but I was mistaken. Then I got really fatigued and decided to head home. When I got home I took a nap, hoping I would feel better before I had to go to my other job that evening. No such luck, however, I woke up feeling just as bad. I had zero appetite, and that's how I know I was truly sick. I'm very strict on my diet, I always have my meals prepared in advance, and I eat at specific times throughout the day, and I just threw that whole routine out the window. The very idea of food made me feel even more sick.

I grabbed a Coke (I've heard Coke is good for an upset stomach) and a bottle of Pepto before heading to work, and let me tell you something, the Coke/Pepto combo burps are some of the weirdest ones you'll ever have in your life. Definitely not something I recommend. Luckily, it wound up being the slowest day of work ever, with only a handful of people coming into the store in the last couple of hours. It dragged, but it was nice not having to move a lot.

Craziest part about the whole ordeal is that I woke up the next morning feeling back to 100% like nothing had even happened. I slept a lot more that night than I normally do, and I know that not sleeping enough can wear down your immune system, so perhaps it was something to that effect. I probably average 5-6 hours of sleep a night, and after doing it for so long, maybe my body was just telling me to slow down and get some rest for a change. It's not that I don't like sleep, I just like getting things done more, which is why I'm awake at 5am sucking down a pot of coffee and writing this recap.

Anyway, my beard is better now, so don't any of you worry. Gaming wise, this was a big week, the PlayStation turned 20 years old! That's pretty awesome. There's probably a lot of you whose first videogame console was a PSone, and I hope you have as fond of memories with it as I do with the NES. That's two decades with games like Resident Evil, Tomb Raider, Twisted Metal, and so many other all-time classics. The PlayStation is without question one of the best consoles ever made, and I'll be honest, I kind of wish I would have waited to buy a PS4 after they unveiled the 20th Anniversary Edition PS4 console. Honestly, I don't even care about the console, I just hope they sell the controllers separately, I just love the fact that the center PS button is colored like the original logo.

The PlayStation got me back into gaming after I hit a lull in my pre-teens. I think every gamer goes through that stage where they just kind of stop playing for a while and then they get back into it. The same thing happened to me with pro wrestling. I stopped watching it for a couple of years in high school, then when I came back, I was more into it than ever, and the same thing happened with videogames. I kind of felt like I had grown out of it, as this was still an era where gaming was considered a niche/nerdy hobby, and then Metal Gear Solid came out and blew my freaking mind. From that moment on, gaming has been a passion of mine.

Thank you for the memories, PlayStation.

In other gaming news, I finally got my hands of Far Cry 4 and...

That's what an orgasm sounds like.

I'm just as in love with it as I expected I would be. I still have the same minor complaints that I had with Far Cry 3, but those are mostly just due to my own laziness. Like why can't I open a loot chest from behind it? Yes, I know it takes less than two seconds to get in front of it, but it's the principle of the thing. Also, why is it that this unassuming dude can turn basically turn into John Rambo, he can pull bullets out of his skin with a knife, but he can't jump off of a 5-foot ledge without losing half of his life?

Also, screw the demon fish, they're scarier than The Exorcist.

It doesn't seem like they changed a whole lot from Far Cry 3, which is completely fine with me. FC3 is one of my favorite games of the last generation. I went and collected every single item on the map, I finished every mission, I upgraded by character completely, I got all of the achievements except for the one where you have to win at poker because the computer cheats, and even after I had done all of that, I wanted there to be more.

Well, now I have it, and I'm very pleased. They really ramped up the amount of items and things to do in this game, which is almost a detriment. If you're like me and feel like you have to do every single thing on the map, then you'll never get any story missions done. I've actually had to tell myself that I have to stay focused and just go to the mission starting point, otherwise I'll be stuck in limbo forever.

I think I prefer the island of FC3 over the mountains in this one, but I'm still very early on. Well, "early" is dependent on how you look at it. I've played about 7 hours, but six of that is just me wondering around, hunting animals, hijacking bell towers, and liberating outposts, and of course, as I mentioned, getting sidetracked because of oooh shiny!

I can't wait to play more, and I'm sure this will be a game I'll be talking about for weeks to come. Now, on to the recaps!

* - Alphadeus' new album has dropped! Catch the fever! Get it while it's hot! And it's free! You have no excuse now!

A - AvtrSpirit gives you all the good stuff about Dragon Age: Inquisition...

A - ...but, as is the case in everything, you can't take the good without the bad.

S - Remember when I said I would remind you that I released a Weekly Top 5? Well, here's your reminder. This week's is my favorite PSone games.

M - How reythepimp got his voice on this edition of the Monthly Musings.

F - Round 1...FIGHT! (on PlayStation)

T - If there's one person here who we know is excited for Street Fighter V, it's The Hoff.

T - My Friday recap predecessor, bbain, has a few thoughts on how to enhance the Pokemon series. DOLPHIN POKEMON!

R - Speaking of Pokemon, Strider just finished Alpha Sapphire, here's some stuff you may want to know if you haven't jumped on board yet.

T - Ever heard of a little game called Smash Bros.? Well, people seem to like it, including Derek Pietras.

M - Who's up for some Mega Man 2 remixes courtesy of Tony Ponce? I know I am.

No fails this week. Good work!

Thanks for reading, everyone!

Now go out there and do something positive!

-TheDustinThomas

FPotD

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For a few months now, California had been declared in a warning state for drought. Living in civilized society tends to make me forget that I live in what used to be and still is a desert. A hundred years, where I live now was probably dry brush in cracked wasteland. Water comes in through pipes, sinks, showers, and more. But I still remember the drought notice I got in the mail a few months ago outlining the rules and etiquette to saving water for the next half a year.

For the past week though, it's been raining like crazy. But rain and Californians don't mix so well. When water falls from the sky, people seem to instantly forget the rules of the road. People get a bit more crazy or lose their judgment, and it's just all kinds of crazy here. But don't assume that crazy rain instantly got us out of drought mode. Oh no, California hasn't seen appreciable rain in years. We might have had light rain before in the span of the drought but saying whatever we call rain during the past few years is helping is like saying you're going to put a few dollars into a jar every day to go towards your student loan debt. That comparison really puts it into perspective doesn't it? It looks like all we got out of the rain was mudslides while we're still in drought mode, fuck me.

I've been binging on Pokemon for the past week during the rain and it does my heart good to see a couple of Pokemon posts on the front and the cblogs. It's so surprising to see Alpha Sapphire actually take a cinematic view of things. Team Magma and Aqua act a little like Team Flare from XY in trying to make the world a better place for Pokemon. I've transferred loads of my old Pokemon from XY into AS and unleashed the likes of Toxicroak and Sharpedo early on against mooks. The Elite 4 was a treat to see all their visual flourishes before fighting them. Everything I love about Pokemon, it never seems to let me down and ORAS was a great entry in seeing more battles and experiencing the old Ruby/Sapphire game in a brand new light. I mean, the Aqua boss is a freaking pirate. And Wally, don't even get me started on Wally. I always thought the side story of Wally was an interesting departure in Ruby/Sapphire. No longer do you have a simple Pokemon trainer rival who lives nearby. This time, you encounter a sickly, timid boy whom you're encouraged to teach Pokemon catching too. He catches a tiny Ralts that looks to mirror his personality, and moves to Verdanturf Town, out of the way of the trace volcanic breeze of Mt. Chimney. But several times throughout the game as you have your rival encounters with him, its obvious that the Wally shows tremendous growth into a stronger, braver young man.

Before, you just saw Wally grow with an upright posture in his sprite and a Ralts that fully evolved into a Gardevoir. This time in ORAS, not only do you get to see Wally's 3D model seriously matured and see his Ralts evolve into a badass Gallade, but you see that his mega pendant isn't just for show as he mega evolves his signature Gallade into Mega Gallade (he has a fucking cape). This would be great by itself into you take into account that you're not just fighting in a generic setting but a samurai showdown style field of flowers which are apparently red spider lilies.

It's all tied together with an epic music showdown that you can only appreciate after following Wally from sickly little boy to battle hardened Pokemon trainer. Seriously, people make fun of Pokemon's simply story but there are certain story beats and moments people don't give it enough credit for. Shiggy was right, story isn't always important but story elements can leave an impression on you. Nobody bothers with a story on Mario but you never forget how Bowser hovers into frame menacingly when you finally meet him in Super Mario World.

I bounced back a nasty stomach virus the other day too. My mind beyond playing Pokemon non-stop is a bit of a blur. All I know is that after a final Tuesday, I went to get carne asada fries from a local Mexican diner and dring the night, I was kept awake by fierce bloating and um... trips to the bathroom. Wednesday I had work in the afternoon but felt like shit. I powered through work on the strength of drugs and hydration alone and I'm feeling better Thursday morning. So remember kids, be careful what you eat. Nothing beats a chain made, procedurally cooked burger. Carne asada fries from a local diner though, leaves some room for personal spice like indigestion! Yum yum, delicious!

I'll be eating home cooked pho and brown rice for the next few days thank you very much.

Actually, on second thought about California's drought and binging on Pokemon, it made me realize just how cosmically ironic it is I'm playing a game about legendary creatures capable of global climate catastrophe and I'm living in a drought. I'm playing Alpha Sapphire, where an orca the size of a small Buick (at least in base form, look it up; he's 14 feet big. At least it doubles to 32 feet in primal form) threatens to drown the whole world into a Kevin Costner spectacular. It may have been more appropriate for me to play Omega Ruby considering when Groudon's ability shifts from Drought to Desolate Land in Primal form. Hitting close to home aren't we? And Hoenn is largely coastal regions and Groudon still threatens to evaporate all the moisture on the planet.

I was talking about Pokemon, right?


Pictured: California

* - Skyrim historical accuracy, wyvern edition

P - Error Machine Podcast rides again!

A - Microsoft skips out on the bill for their darling indie devs

A - Cubone ain't got shit on Aggron motherfucker

A - Bardley's top five 3DS games: of course Fire Emblem is number one edition

A - 25 Hollow Man benefits of being a white, male, cis gamer

A - B-list games, A-list fun!

A - Hatred 2: Topical Controversy Edition

A - GTAVI: Topical Controversy Edition; CONTROVERSY HARDER

E - Cblog Seacrest Santa has begun! Get Jim something with Nazis in it!

I - Dimmujed was tricked on stream and decided to follow through with an introduction blog


~ Striderhoang

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I’m so close to getting a job, guys.

Last time I updated you, I was preparing to participate in the final stage of two job interviews. I was to participate in a group dynamic and, if I passed, I would have an interview with the managers. What happened? Well… I didn’t manage to get the job. In one of these companies I got very close to getting it, I was among the final three candidates that were being considered for the opportunity, but ultimately they chose someone else. I was disappointed, but at the same time proud that I got so far in the recruitment process of a well-known company.

Now I’m looking at another opportunity from another company that is very big not only here in South America, but in North America as well. In fact, it is an American company that has been growing in Brazil these last few years. I won’t say the name of the company because I’m afraid they can somehow track this... Some of you may have noticed that I try to keep my internet identity separated from my real identity by not revealing too many details. It’s mostly out of fear something I said in the internet can affect my career in a bad way in the future, you never know. Though really, I’m aware that my false sense of anonymity is but that – false. Being in the internet this long, it’s almost impossible not to leave a bunch of traces of your real self.

I totally didn't steal this gimmick from Gajknight

On the gaming side, I’m still waiting for Super Smash Bros. Wii U to arrive. Meanwhile I’ve been playing some 3DS Smash and a bunch of crappy games. Don’t ask me why I’m playing crappy games when I have a lot of great ones in my backlog, I just have this weird fascination for obscure, mediocre, mostly bad games. I like searching, watching and reading about them, but when it comes to playing… it’s usually not as novel as one might hope. Still, there are some gems out there that are not exactly bad games, just different enough to only be captivating to a very niche audience. When you are looking for these kinds of games, it’s pretty much a wild card on whether you’re going to like it or not. The only thing you can be sure of is that you’re going to need patience and an open mind to appreciate what the game might have to offer.

One thing I keep thinking of is that I want to master a game. And I don’t mean just completing it 100% on the highest difficulty. I mean getting to know the game so well, I can actually play it without getting hit once, or beating it really fast, or just breaking it in some way. I want to make the game my bitch, as people like to say. It’s something that is difficult to do mostly because of the time investment - to get that good at a game you have to play it over and over and over again while ignoring the thousands of other games you want to play. And to dedicate yourself so much to one thing you must really want it. I’m not sure if it’s worth it. I don’t even know what game I would do try to master. There are so many games I would like to explore more, but there’s just not enough time to really give each game the attention it deserves, especially when you’re busy playing crappy games instead.

Now that’s enough talking from me. Let’s get on with the recap, shall we? Leave a comment below if you have something to share.

Peace.

* - If you’re like me and you like to scroll through a blog before reading it, don’t do it. Read Dreamweaver’s love story from the beginning so you don’t spoil yourself.

S - Welcome to the wonderful world of game testing. The9BitGame is here to walk you through the basics.

T - Cosmonstropolis got scammed some days ago, but his story ended on a happy note. Now he’s here to share his impressions of Dragon Age: Inquisition.

A - Like the PS1? Game-Art-HQ is celebrating twenty years of the P machine with more than 40 pieces of fan art from diverse artists.

V - Here’s an unboxing video of Kingdom Hearts 2.5 Remix Collector’s Edition. It comes with a Heartless plushie!

F - This question would be much more suited to the forums. Maybe expand your blog a bit more to explain why you think Alpha Protocol deserves more praise than Skyrim.

F - Failing this because it’s Troy’s second blog on the same day promoting his channel, and it consists of one sentence. There’s nothing wrong with sharing your videos, but you have to be mindful not to spam the cblogs. 

-Script

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I've been getting the Sunday recaps in a little late these last few weeks, but then, the whole last week was full of family, birthday dinners (yay for me getting older), Thanksgiving, gaming, that Black Friday thing and a cold. Hopefully, I'll be more timely next week.

Working Black Friday is usually pretty exciting, but this year it was actually a huge dud. Last year, the first several hours were really busy in that "Oh my gawd, how can you all be here so soon after Thanksgiving dinner?!?!" kind of way. This year after 1:30 AM business dropped off and after that it was just a bunch of random wanderers who were all "just looking." I had five hours of that morning to work, so stumbling around for the next three and a half like a zombie wasn't my idea of a good time. 

I did sell someone Fire Emblem: Awakening and saved someone from buying Heavy Rain, though. When someone tries to buy a Quantic Dream game, I always steer them toward the Telltale games instead. Also did the same thing with this year's Thief - I steered the customer toward Dishonored instead

And it wouldn't be a Black Friday without a customer sharing thier cold or flu with everyone else. As such, last Saturday was mostly spent in bed playing Freedom Wars, Persona Q or Final Fantasy X in between sneezing, blowing my nose and sleeping. It turned out to be a one-day cold, thankfully. With previous Black Fridays I fairly reliably walked away with the flu. I got off easy this time.

I finished FFX HD on Sunday just to have the story portion completed. There is still a lot left to do there on the endgame and trophy end of things but I can get around to that stuff later. I also listened to the bonus audio last night and I wish I hadn't. That little story is going with Metroid Other M in the "stories that didn't really happen" section of my brain. I think FFX-2 left things resolved well-enough and I didn't need more stories about Spira that those games didn't cover.

I'm going ot get started up on FFX-2 soonish, but right now I'm still all about Freedom Wars and Persona Q!

I recently got my first couple couple of Streetpasses for Persona Q! And my first one was... a Slime. What is it with people that streetpass Slimes in your SMT and Persona games? If you streetpass a Slime to others you are terrible, awful person! I don't care if it is your first time, you just told someone else "Here, have this piece off trash I found." I hope you're forced to hear Iggy Azalia's music until you pass on from this mortal coil. Or that all your Pokémon Wonder Trades are Bidoofs and then you step on a Lego.

It wasn't even a Slime with completed skills or ones resulting from fusion! At least that DarthVaden guy sent a Valkyrie!

Anyway, here, have a completed Pixie from me. She comes with a Clairvoyance, which is a handy navigational skill to have!

As for Freedom Wars, I'm now a Code 7 Sinner and  I went online for the first time over the weekend. You get some cool perks for doing that. If you complete missions well ahead of where you are in single player, you earn a certificate stating you can skip that mission in single player. If you do an Accessory recovery mission online (in which you rescue someone's android partner), you add that Accessory to your collection! Sadly, I've yet to collect Accessories from other players.

That's okay, because Crimson is still lovely and perfect. If she's captured I will rescue her offline because I won't share her, ever. Mine.

Gotta say the people I've met online haven't put much effort into their Sinners or Accessories. They just run around in their default gear with default looks. They want to be boring, unsexy sinners, I guess. I think I've made Ripley look like some sort of Jem and the Holograms fan. She looks very 80s now but I like that. 

I actually find it kind of sad how many people stick to defaults when I start looking at them online or the statistics of various games. When I went through all of my Etrian Odyssey Untold streetpass data, everyone was running the default Story Mode with the fixed characters but me. No one else did classic mode in my immediate area. I gladly took their Grimorie Stones, though. 

I just did a few new outfits for Ripley and Crimson as I did this because I'm not obsessed with my characters or anything.

Anyway, that's my personal update for the week. On to the recaps!

* - The Destructoid Saga returns. Search your feelings.

A - Kodu carries out his sentence and flaps a bird and the flaps other flappy things and wonders if I'm still reading at the end. I was.

I - Wild Jamou says "hi" and not much else. Tell us more about yourself! We don't bite... much.

R - Kooram sort of reviews the latest WoW expansion. There's time travel and WoW nostalgia within. WoW is old enough to be nostalgia. Feel old yet?

T - Classic RE finally gets proper analog controls. Ew. Tank controls or GTFO!

R - Drunken Crow succumbed to the Black Friday deals and got an Xbox One.

A - Hoffmann talks about fighting game fan art & some of the more unsung FG characters out there. Pai approves!

L - Luckrequired tells us we can't say that once more! I'd keep Tingle locked up, to be honest.

S - As much as I love Persona, I don't get unboxing videos. There's also a lack of proper links, actual content and a plea for FB and YT followers/subscribers. Mitsuru would execute you for sure. Or maybe Lulu, if you want.

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Like my fellow recapper Pixielated, I too have been playing the recently released Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, and I'm having a blast! However, unlike her, this is my first foray into Etrian Odyssey-style of gaming, and as such, my inexperience has been a bit overwhelming with all these map-making and icons. Although there's a function to auto-map, you still need to place door icons, shortcuts, treasure chests, and other noteworthy spots yourself. It isn't too bad, as I've grown to like that, but I don't think I could handle actually turning off the auto function though. Still, this is the same Persona goodness that it's always been, with exploiting enemy weakness and All-Out Attacks still making me want to plan my tactics so I can kill in as little moves as possible with getting hit as least as I can. I've already logged in over 10 hours (counting the times I've had my team steamrolled by those frickin' Beetles in the first dungeon), and I've been taking advantage of the weekend before returning to class to get as far as I can!

I absolutely dig seeing the Persona cast again the most though! While Etrian Odyssey games have more or less the same type of gameplay, I kind of need a narrative in my games, which is why I never really got into them. For this title, seeing these familiar faces really helps motivate me through the frustrations this game carries! It's presumably as hardcore as either series, maybe a little less from what fans are telling me, and it can be disheartening to lose half-an-hour of progress to an unexpected fluke. Still, hearing these character bicker with one another, like Akihiko and Shinjiro about protein or Yukari and Junpei about how stupid he is, are frickin' hilarious! Plus, playing as Decker Young again (the name I gave to the P3 protagnist), was a nice treat, considering that he hasn't been playable since! The moment when the two teams meet up though, complete with their respective battle theme, is totally going to be on the list of my favorite moments in gaming! While it's a tad disappointing that several actors are replaced, it's nice to hear a couple of the original crew who are still here. Mitsuru, obviously best Persona girl, is as awesome and hot as ever. Take that, Gajknight! :P

Oh, wait, Pixielated call dibs on Mitsuru-senpai? Well, fuck it, three-way!

Actually, while Mitsuru still gets me going, I have to say that I am frickin' in LOVE with newcomer Rei! At first, I didn't think I was going to like her, as she's that typical chipper anime girl that gets old after a while, and it didn't help that they played the amensia card... but damn, she really grew on me! Girl got eats with her at almost any given moment, so her animations are biting or waving a corndog while holding a tray of takoyaki (I think that's what they are: those deep-fried octopus balls) on the other hand, and it is too cute! Don't even get me started on her obsession with food, because she's the best character of that archetype I've seen! I have to give major props to whoever her voice actor is as well; if anyone knows, please tell me so I can see her other works! I seriously believe that whoever casted her as Rei hit it out of the frickin' park! The way she inflects her lines, uses proper comedic timing, and sounds genuinely into the character goes way beyond what a script provides (though you gotta give credit to the voice director as well!), and I actually actively look forward to hearing Rei's input on any given conversation! Seriously, if Pixielated doesn't want to share Mitsuru, then I'll take Rei because she is just too fucking adorable!

Zen, her bodyguard, be looking at me funny though. That dude pulled out a crossbow on me just because I wanted to take a break whilst inside a dangerous dungeon. We cool though.

Well, Thanksgiving has come and gone, and I gotta say that I was pretty disappointed, if not disheartened. First of all, we had to have the dinner at lunch because some people had someplace they "needed" to be, so we didn't do much bonding with each other. As happy as I am that my little brother got himself an Xbox One (Wii U owner here), that kinda made me a sad panda because I guess I never really appreciated the time until we didn't have it this year. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'm not too close with my family, but the holidays seems to make them lighten up, making them bearable and cool to hang with. However, since we kinda rushed things this year, everyone seemed jolly but also on edge, and of course I would get into a small but somewhat heated argument with my parents over a mistake I made. After lunch, I just retreated to my room to sit in silence, not really having the heart to even game, and I slept the day away. Maybe I was just being extremely childish, but a major reason I felt so melancholy was because I thought this might be the last Thanksgiving that we're all going to be together, and that thought, along with Christmas's arrival, is making me a little wistful and worried. I don't mean to get too heavy in the recap blog so I'll stop this thought here, but chances are I'll probably write another personal blog about my current situation in December.

Did I ever tell you guys how much I love you all? Because this bomb of a Thanksgiving made me realize how much you guys are really a second family to me. I hope you guys had a better time than I did.

* - Videogame journalism are usually presented the same way: people presenting their perky personality along with the facts. However, Rust Cohle Games decides to report on the news with his cynical sense of humor! Find out what he thinks of Sonic Boom, Assassin's Creed: Unity launch problems, developer's stance on 30 FPS being more "cinematic" and more right here!

* - Stupid Name Guy (his words, not mine!) decides to write a case study on what he deems to be possibly the perfect game: Kirby 64: The Dream Shards! Find out why he prefers this title over the other Kirby games, why he believes it better utilizes the 2.5D perspective platformers nowadays use, and his thoughts on the narrative in this very lengthy blog!

A - SaturnSiren wonders why there aren't many good Pokemon games like the ones on the N64! Sure, Pokemon Stadium and Pokemon Snap were damn good games, but with better technology and more Pokemon, why is Pokemon Battle Revolution anything but!?



R - Ad0234 (apparently short for Adrian, as I got a little suspect when I first read it) gives us his first review! Deciding to voice his thoughts on the year-and-a-half old 3DS title Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, click here to see what he thinks of it compared to the Gamecube original. Is this a mansion worth investing, or should you live somewhere else?

F - Forgotten Bastion has a couple of things he wanna get off his chest after seeing the new Jurassic World trailer, so find out why he isn't excited about the titantic Monasaur, the new "Hybrid" dinosaurs, and other things from the trailer here!

C - The9BitGame gives us a list of the top 5 bugs of the week for Android games! While I'm not knocking the actual concept of the blog, it's really just a collection of typos and perhaps sloppy programming, and I wasn't exactly excited to read it as I was expecting something more write-worthy. But that might just be me.



- Dreamweaver

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