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#13606346 Jan 14, 2018 at 04:28 AM
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That must've been hard though, I get what you feel. Friends are defined when they do or doesn't support you especially when you needed them the most.
I used to get a line similar to that. "You're not even Filipino." "You're Korean/Japanese/Chinese" people get confused between the three when it comes to me.
anyway, it's not as bad as yours. As far as I know people say that line "You're 'insert nationality here'" are all hypocritically racist. seeing as though not being Thai or Filipino or whatever gives a a sort of disadvantage, in a way does what you looked like really matters. Isn't that the purpose of Naturalization or what you're trying to do in the first place?
even though to don't look the part.
Government rarely becomes helpful, even my country is useless. Maybe if you're stubborn enough or generous enough if you know what I mean to maybe loosen that stick up their a**es
it's a dirty trick I know, but it gets the job done. if that doesn't work I'm not good at these stuff 😫
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#13609413 Jan 16, 2018 at 06:32 AM
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#13606346 Kierwiny wrote:

That must've been hard though, I get what you feel. Friends are defined when they do or doesn't support you especially when you needed them the most.
I used to get a line similar to that. "You're not even Filipino." "You're Korean/Japanese/Chinese" people get confused between the three when it comes to me.
anyway, it's not as bad as yours. As far as I know people say that line "You're 'insert nationality here'" are all hypocritically racist. seeing as though not being Thai or Filipino or whatever gives a a sort of disadvantage, in a way does what you looked like really matters. Isn't that the purpose of Naturalization or what you're trying to do in the first place?
even though to don't look the part.
Government rarely becomes helpful, even my country is useless. Maybe if you're stubborn enough or generous enough if you know what I mean to maybe loosen that stick up their a**es
it's a dirty trick I know, but it gets the job done. if that doesn't work I'm not good at these stuff 😫




Definitely. Especially since many Thai people hold dual citizenship with western countries.I wonder how they would like it if they were refused a service for citizens of Australia/America/Europe because they look Asia? Some of my friends whom say they don't regard me as Thai say they want citizenship of a western country. When I tell them the double standard they're imposing,they just repeat ''you don't look Thai'' ,so i tell them ''you don't look european'' then they just babble on nonsense.


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#13611770 Jan 17, 2018 at 10:32 PM
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#13600730 TidusandYuna1983 wrote:

Ok. Seriously. I need to renew my Thai ID card AGAIN,because I was registered as living at my ex girlfriend's condo. My ex girlfriend sold her condo,which means my ID card becomes void,because I am no longer a resident at that property. I have to transfer to a new residential address,but because I didn't transfer before she sold her property,my identity has been transferred to some government building,and I need to bring Thai people with me to confirm who I am. The government building is far from where any of my friends are,like a 2 hour trip.

The stupid thing is,even though I own properties of my own,I can't just transfer to them,because my identity has been taken to the government building. I still have a Thai ID card,Thai passport,Thai certificate, properties in Thailand,bank accounts in Thailand, my fingerprints are on the damn government system,but this is not enough... I have to find people who will travel 2 hours with me to some stupid government building,and it will probably take another 2 hours for them to esatblish who I am,and allow me to transfer my identity to my own properties.

I am in Australia now,and I got one of my Thai friends to call the government office in Thailand and ask them what exactly do I need to do,and she said the government officer just complained how I was supposed to transfer before my ex girlfriend sold the house... Oh geez,so fuckin helpful. Then he said I need to come to that government building and explain why I am away from Thailand for so long...

I've asked some of my friends to go with me to the government building to identify me,but many of them are busy with work or they said ''it's too hard''. I told them I will pay them(more than what an average daily pay for a Thai person is),but some of my friends have said ''This problem cannot be fixed'' or ''You should give up'',but some of my friends said they will try to help me,but are negative about the situation,and understandly so since Thailand has ridiculous bureaucracy.

And to add to the stress.some of my Thai friends said ''you are not 100% Thai'' , and I said yeah,and ''many Thai are genetically Khmer,Lao,Chinese etc'', and then they reply with snarky ''but you weren't born in Thailand'', and I told them ,neither was the recent king who died,or neither were some of Thailand's former prime minisers, then they said ''but they have 2 Thai parents'' (even though many Thai people are half Chinese or half Lao).

I spoke to one of my Thai friends,he's a decent person,he said he wants to help me but he lives in Sweden. He admitted what I've always said ,it's simply because I don't look Asian I'm goling to have many problems. He said if I look Asian,I could probably go to the government building alone and they would reestablish my identity and let me transfer,but having European features means they will try to use every technicality against me.

I've mentioned to you guys before back in 2012,when I was at a government building,I wanted to renew my Thai ID card,and the boss stamped and signed my papers to say I could renew my ID card,but one of the office workers(his job was to take photos for the ID card),refused to do it. He said ''You are not Thai''. I explained to him I have all the documentation,and my finger prints are on the system. He just repeated,''No,you are not Thai,you need to bring your Thai relatives here''. I got angry and started yelling, but one of the other officers calmed me down,and she told me she will speak to the boss for me,and the boss came out and told him to take the damn photo. This piece of shit thought it was his right to override the boss's decision and ignore the Thai law,simply because a caucasian looking person has Thai nationality.

It's bad enough dealing with stupid government laws,but then my own friends won't help me by saying it's too hard or ''you're not really Thai''.



It's racism. I'm sorry you're going through that. I hope you're not getting any grief from our government. What about your job?
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#13612280 Jan 18, 2018 at 06:37 AM · Edited over 1 year ago
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#13611770 Falconer wrote:

#13600730 TidusandYuna1983 wrote:

Ok. Seriously. I need to renew my Thai ID card AGAIN,because I was registered as living at my ex girlfriend's condo. My ex girlfriend sold her condo,which means my ID card becomes void,because I am no longer a resident at that property. I have to transfer to a new residential address,but because I didn't transfer before she sold her property,my identity has been transferred to some government building,and I need to bring Thai people with me to confirm who I am. The government building is far from where any of my friends are,like a 2 hour trip.

The stupid thing is,even though I own properties of my own,I can't just transfer to them,because my identity has been taken to the government building. I still have a Thai ID card,Thai passport,Thai certificate, properties in Thailand,bank accounts in Thailand, my fingerprints are on the damn government system,but this is not enough... I have to find people who will travel 2 hours with me to some stupid government building,and it will probably take another 2 hours for them to esatblish who I am,and allow me to transfer my identity to my own properties.

I am in Australia now,and I got one of my Thai friends to call the government office in Thailand and ask them what exactly do I need to do,and she said the government officer just complained how I was supposed to transfer before my ex girlfriend sold the house... Oh geez,so fuckin helpful. Then he said I need to come to that government building and explain why I am away from Thailand for so long...

I've asked some of my friends to go with me to the government building to identify me,but many of them are busy with work or they said ''it's too hard''. I told them I will pay them(more than what an average daily pay for a Thai person is),but some of my friends have said ''This problem cannot be fixed'' or ''You should give up'',but some of my friends said they will try to help me,but are negative about the situation,and understandly so since Thailand has ridiculous bureaucracy.

And to add to the stress.some of my Thai friends said ''you are not 100% Thai'' , and I said yeah,and ''many Thai are genetically Khmer,Lao,Chinese etc'', and then they reply with snarky ''but you weren't born in Thailand'', and I told them ,neither was the recent king who died,or neither were some of Thailand's former prime minisers, then they said ''but they have 2 Thai parents'' (even though many Thai people are half Chinese or half Lao).

I spoke to one of my Thai friends,he's a decent person,he said he wants to help me but he lives in Sweden. He admitted what I've always said ,it's simply because I don't look Asian I'm goling to have many problems. He said if I look Asian,I could probably go to the government building alone and they would reestablish my identity and let me transfer,but having European features means they will try to use every technicality against me.

I've mentioned to you guys before back in 2012,when I was at a government building,I wanted to renew my Thai ID card,and the boss stamped and signed my papers to say I could renew my ID card,but one of the office workers(his job was to take photos for the ID card),refused to do it. He said ''You are not Thai''. I explained to him I have all the documentation,and my finger prints are on the system. He just repeated,''No,you are not Thai,you need to bring your Thai relatives here''. I got angry and started yelling, but one of the other officers calmed me down,and she told me she will speak to the boss for me,and the boss came out and told him to take the damn photo. This piece of shit thought it was his right to override the boss's decision and ignore the Thai law,simply because a caucasian looking person has Thai nationality.

It's bad enough dealing with stupid government laws,but then my own friends won't help me by saying it's too hard or ''you're not really Thai''.



It's racism. I'm sorry you're going through that. I hope you're not getting any grief from our government. What about your job?



I look more caucasian than Asian,so I don't really have to worry much about racism in Australia,plus government buildings in Australia have lots of Asians and Indians working for them. Either way,Australian laws protect Australians from discrimination,if Centerlink refused an Australian citizen service based on race,they could sue that Centerlink office and the media will have a field day. Even though Thailand technically has laws against racial discrimination,they're not enforced. The Thai government officers could just say ''I had doubts as to whether he is Thai '' to avoid getting in trouble for racism (even though my finger prints are on the government system and I have all the documentation). This stunt wont work in Australia,because they will need to explain why they had doubt,and saying somebody isn't caucasian isn't good enough,especially if they have all the documentation to show they're Australian.

I've been working 2 days per week at my father's Ford dealership,soon I will go back to Thailand on January 30.


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#13629779 Jan 31, 2018 at 02:18 AM
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More reasons why we should colonize Venus rather than Mars.

This is not just about the cloud cities. It's the idea of using giant mirrors or shades to reduce the amount of light that reaches Venus,so the Co2 on Venus liquifies,and this will thin out Venus' atmosphere,hence taking care of the problem of it's crushing atmospheric pressure. Skip to the 15 minute mark to see about the giant mirrors/shades.

We already know Venus has significant advantages over Mars such as having gravity similar to Earth,a thick atmosphere that can be thinned out so it can provide atmospheric pressure similar to Earth,Venus has an externally induced magnetic field to give some sort of protect from radiation. Venus is considerably closer to the Earth than Mars.

Besides oxygen,nitrogen is essential for life since it's used in the building blocks of molecules. It would be difficult to prevent oxygen and nitrogen added to Mars from evaporating into space due to Mars weak gravity,thats why it's theorized in order to fully terraform Mars,thousands of ships carrying nitrogen would need to travel to Mars everyday.

Venus has much nitrogen in it's atmosphere,even though it only makes up a small % of it's atmosphere,this is because Venus's atmosphere is much thicker than Earth's atmosphere.

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#13647452 Feb 09, 2018 at 01:24 AM
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Not much to talk about. My Vita cannot connect to the Wi Fi in my condo,but it can cannot to internet in other places. Makes it a bit annoying since physical copies of Vita games are very expensive in Thailand.


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#13668525 Feb 24, 2018 at 12:48 PM
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New purchase





I've heard good things about this one, some people say it's their favorite Tales game, or has the best romance in a Tales game. It kinda slipped under my radar since most JRPG fans I know tend to talk about other Tales games a lot more. Anyways,I'll let you guys know what I think about it after I've played it for a bit.


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#13669312 Feb 25, 2018 at 09:08 AM
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I'm a few hours into Tales of Hearts R,and here's what I think of it so far.

The story is intriguing and different. Warring worlds using monsters to attack each other,and these monsters either kills people, or inflicts them with a disease that messes with their feelings and emotions. You play as a character who can enter a person's body and cure them of the disease. Thousands of years later, people from the warring worlds are using people's bodies as hosts to continue their fight against each other.

It's too early to judge the characters,but the girl characters are cute and funny,and I like how Kohaku likes to beat up male characters who annoy her.

The battle system is pretty much what you'd expect from a Tales game. I like how the story presentation shows anime scenes at regular intervals to make it feel like the game is part-game,part-anime. The artstyle for the world and towns isn't the best, it's environments seem watered down because the towns are small and don't have much detail, but this is probably because the game was made for a portable console,it was originally released for the DS in Japan, but got a western release for Vita. Still enjoying the game, it does have some difficulty spikes.



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#13726320 Apr 08, 2018 at 11:29 PM
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Watched Kotsutsubo, which is a Japanese horror movie. It's not scary at all, not one bit. It's about a group of highschool girls who want to exact revenge on a teacher whom has been touching them, so they acquire bones that are cursed , hence anyone who consumes the bones internally will die a horrible death. The girls come up with a plan to put the bone powder in the drink of the teacher whom has been bad to them, but it leads to dire consequences.

I found the movie entertaining, because I like how sneaky and pretty the girls are, and when they were putting the bone powder in that teacher's drink, they all had mischievous smiles on their face, and comical music was used for that scene to lighten it up. Even when Asian women have an evil facial expression, they are still pretty.

But, since it's not scary, and the attempted horror scenes are few and far between, I must say it's a below average horror movie, but an entertaining story in general.

The movie does have some very gorey scenes, such as seeing curse victims missing their lower torso, or missing limbs, and ghost scenes, but the movie doesn't really build up any suspense leading to these scenes.





Watched Itazurana Kiss Campus Hen, ( Mischievous Kiss The Movie) Part 2: ,which is based off a drama series. It's a romance comedy,and it's enjoying and relaxing to watch. It gives a warm feeling, and is about guys and girls whom have crushes on each other in university, and things they get up to. The humor may not be original, but it's charming, such as when a pretty girl goes into the otaku room by accident, which is a room that has only male otakus whom have no idea how to interact with women because everything they associate with women is in anime/manga.

It's got a nice colorful setting,that reminds me of happy times during summer.



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#13731378 Apr 12, 2018 at 09:56 PM · Edited 1 year ago
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Some updates.

I can say Tales of Hearts R is the most fun JRPG I've played in years. It's story keeps getting better and better,and it's original. It's hard to explain what makes it's story original without giving away spoilers, but i'll say it uses concepts including fantasy,Sci Fi,a story that takes place over thousands of years in a creative way. Nothing has felt cliche, unlike what we see in other JRPGs when they bring time travel or parallel worlds into the story when they run out of ideas.

A good story still needs likable characters,and Tales of Hearts has just that. It has romance,and most importantly the romance has chemistry,because you see the guy and girl's feelings for each other develop over time, and a series of funny and heartwarming interactions between them.

What I like about Tales of Hearts is it tries to be a JRPG. Not a WRPG/JRPG hybrid which Final Fantasy has become. As I mentioned in a previous blog, I like how it's towns are shown from not too up close to you, so you can see a big part of the town, and the towns have charming,peaceful music.

The game still presents a unique culture within it's world, because the people in the world worship a whale God, hence many of the towns are built next to the sea, or over bodies of water, and it gives the towns a relaxing atmosphere. The game also has you near the seaside and travelling on ships frequently, so you can feel the aquatic theme the game is trying to give, which I like.

Since the western release of this game only came to Vita, this game was never going to get much commercial exposure, which is a shame, because I think this game is much better than the more well known Tales. In fact. Hearts is my 2nd favorite Tales game so far ,only behind Tales of Symphonia Dawn of A New World, and that could change depending on how Hearts ends. I've played most of Tales games including Abyss,Vesperia,Symphonia 1 and 2, Graces ,Xillia and Zestiria, and I can say Hearts has the freshest and most original story out of all of these games.


I'm really enjoying Tales of Hearts R. It's got a nice blend of old school JRPG,while feeling modern enough so it's not dated. Earlier,I mentioned how the towns were too small for my liking, well I've encountered some bigger towns,and now I think about it,I like it when JRPGs have towns that are not too big, and ones that are not too up to scale and detailed, because when I played Tales of Zestiria, the huge buildings didn't look as charming as the quaint buildings in older JRPGs, and I became bored doing errands around the huge city-like towns. Same goes for when I played White Knight Chronicles.

Tales of Hearts allow you to stop off at towns, interact with townsfolk, see some nice sights such as buildings by the seaside, then it has you be on your merry way and progresses with the story continuously . There's still sidequests to do, and a world map to explore if you want to break up the pace.

The story is interesting because it's different, the concept of using monsters as weapons to possess people,or the act of inhabiting someone else's body for the sake of accomplishing your own agendas if a breath of fresh air.

In Tales of Hearts R, there's a town built on top of a beautiful blue lake(that's not far from the seaside)named Shoalhaven. Shoalhaven's residents believe in a God that's a blue whale with wings. I must say, I like it when each town has their own culture in RPGs.







Beat Tales of Hearts. The story turned out to be epic,with a fresh feel, and has a love story with chemistry.

It's my favorite Tales game.



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Started Murdered Soul Suspect. It's story is engaging, although the gameplay is shallow. I really care about the character, and I like how it shows his determination to be with his wife again, and the game makes me think about my own mortality, and has interesting viewpoints on what life after death could be like. The way ghosts from various time periods are trapped together in the world, and interacting with the world in their own unique way makes this experience feel unique. The gameplay feels like a watered down version of Heavy Rain's gameplay. Since I love story-driven games,and I can enjoy visual novels which have no gameplay at all, I see myself enjoying this experience.




More impressions of Murdered Soul Suspect are it's story is great thus far, but it's gameplay feels clunky. Clunky realistic movements work in Heavy Rain, because it's QTEs are done well, but in MSS, the enemies move fast, and you'll be trying to pull off a QTE while multiple fast demons are around , and it becomes frustrating. The side stories are interesting, I especially like the mind reading and possess mechanic, it makes seemingly uninteresting NPCs become characters with interesting backstories and personality.


Damn. When I try to play MSS, my PS3 keeps resetting itself. I've had a lot of issues lately trying to play digital games on my PS3. It reset itself constantly when I tried to play Sly 2, and it freezes when I try to install Game of Thrones, and had a weird glitch where new planets wouldn't unlock on Ratchet Nexus. This is a final sign that I should rest the old girl, had her since 2008, but many games I've tried to play lately cannot function properly.

Such as shame, as I was enjoying MSS, and progressed to around 1 quarter of the way through the game before this issue.

Anyways, back to gaming on Vita I suppose.

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Beaten and platinumed Dying Reborn. It only took 1 hour. It was created by a Chinese studio, and is a first person puzzle game, in which the person needs to find a way to escape a series of rooms, so he can save his lady friend , whom has been kidnapped by some psychopath. The story doesn't make you care about the characters, and the gameplay has no tenseness as there's no time limits on any of the puzzles, and you can't die, so you have as much time as you need to solve the puzzles. The voice acting is some of the worst I've ever heard. It's story/atmosphere have some disturbing aspects early on, but the game feels repetitive and dull quickly due to it failing to make you care about the characters.




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#13748914 Apr 21, 2018 at 10:29 PM
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Picked up Demon Gaze 2. It's like a mix of Etrian Odyssey and SMT. Basically you need to find your way through dungeons, and fight demons, and you can recruit demons, but it's style is more quirky than that of SMT. I like how it tries to stay traditional with turn-based, and I like it's colorful style. The game also allows you to date demons. It's developer Kadokawa has developed some other well-known games/manga such as Lunar and Black Rock Shooter.



I've watched 99 Homes. It's a movie set in America during the recession, when many people were losing their homes. A single father lost his home, then he befriends the real estate operator who evicted him and gets a job working for him, but realizes how corrupt the real estate industry is, as well as the system in general(including banks and politicians). The movie does a good job of showing how children and innocent people were affected during this crisis, yet at the same time it explains how many people were careless with their money and borrowed more than they could afford, which caused them to lose their home, so it does a good job of showing both the low income and wealthy contributed to this crisis.

It had good character development, but became a bit nonsensical towards the end. Worth a watch.



Watched the Japanese horror movie ''Slit - Mouthed Woman '' (Kuchisake Onna). It was creepy, and has some nice hazy atmosphere. I like how it's set in slum areas of Japan, rather than just another metro or rural area, the slum makes the mood feel more depressing. I won't say too much, because doing so would be spoilers, but I'll say the slit-mouthed woman does look horrific and disturbing. However , this movie isn't for everyone, because you see children constantly being harmed in the movie.



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#13885888 Oct 24, 2018 at 02:19 PM
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It's been a while.

I did a playthrough of Nier Automata. It was an amazing experience, as far as storytelling, gameplay and music go.

I played through Subnautica, which I found to be an amazing and unique experience. Basically, it's an open world survival game, set on an alien planet that's nearly entirely covered by ocean. It's quite story driven, because it has lots of interesting mysteries in it's world, and beautiful scenery, and clever plot twists.

I enjoyed Tales of Berseria for 20 hours or so, it's like a darker Tales game, with a pagan feel to it. I like how the male characters are badasses, and not the goofy males we often see in modern JRPGs. The problem is, it's so linear, and doesn't offer much exploration, unlike other Tales games and JRPGs, which allow you to explore a world map and search for towns. Berseria felt too intense for it's own good, which is a shame, because I really did like it, but it lacked the ability to break up the pace well enough for my liking.

I've played some of Ray Gigant, but it's story didn't keep me interested. Same goes for Demon Gaze 2. Both of which, are first person style DRPGs.

I played an otome visual novel, which is NORN 9, it's story premise is interesting, but it tries too hard to force a girly love story into the game, rather than focusing on some fairly interesting things happening in the story. Basically the premise is some people are lured by a spaceship, and it takes them back to the early 1900's, and the people find themselves with special abilities.

I found Chaos Child to be disappointing, considering Stein's Gate was such an amazing story. It focuses less on science and more on murder mystery stuff.

I was loving Ys 8, and found it to be an imaginative JRPG, because it focuses on Adol and some characters being shipwrecked on a mysterious tropical island, and you need to explore the island, while dealing with a whole bunch of issues. The characters are likable, while being characters we can relate to from daily life, and the music for the game is quite relaxing.

I also played Murdered Soul Suspect many months ago, and I like how it lets your ghost character read the thoughts of other NPCs, and it makes what would be generic NPCs in other games become interesting characters.


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#13887060 Oct 26, 2018 at 11:21 AM
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Thanks for that update. It's good to hear from you. I would love to hear from you more often.

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#13892770 Nov 04, 2018 at 09:17 AM · Edited 7 months ago
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I finally picked up a PS4, because I want to play some of it's exclusives, and I miss being able to earn trophies. Anyways, I picked up Final Fantasy 15 for PS4, because the PC version is too expensive, and I don't want to spend days downloading it on steam. I also received Rainbow Seige for free. I was offered Red Dead Redemption 2 for half price as a pack in deal, and foolishly I declined. Anyways, now I'm playing throught Final Fantasy 15 and here are some of my thoughts.

And so , it begins...

Finally I begin my Final Fantasy 15 journey.


I'm up to chapter 3. Without giving much away, the story has been interesting so far, it goes for a Final Fantasy 12 style of presentation, where it keeps the cutscenes short and lets you figure out much of the story for youself. It's world setting is interesting, with a wilderness influence by the Southern United States, but the world also has monarchies, and nice seaside resorts.

The battle system, it reminds me of the Ys style battle system, where it's fast and real time, and it's fluid. The party members do stupid things though, such as engaging enemies when I want to activate a quest that's nearby. The open world is to my liking, driving makes it quick to get around, but you can and will need to go onfoot when you travel off the roads.

As for the characters, Ignis has a likable personality, where as Noctis' personality doesn't really appeal to me, but he has an interesting past. And something going on with a girl he's meant to marry, and whom he knew when he was a kid and still has vivid memories about it.

It's been fun so far.,but I don't like the way the levelling system is done( so far) and silly little things like bad camera angles and stupid party members.




Up to chapter 5 in FF15.

I don't know how I feel about the combat, at times it feels fast and fun, but at other times, it feels a bit messy and battles drag on a bit too long. I've played lots of action RPGs before and loved the combat in them, such as Ys, The Last Story, Tales of etc. , but the action combat in those games felt cleaner and the battles didn't drag on too long. It feels as if FF15 tries to force you to use teammate abilities, warp strikes and QTE in just about every battle to make the battle system feel like it has depth, but it doesn't equate to fun.

The world looks amazing, and has much detail, but most NPCs cannot talk to you, and it's disappointing since I enjoyed hearing the things NPCs said in the older FF games, and even though the game's world has many people, Shenmue has countless NPCs walking around everywhere whom have something unique or interesting to tell you, plus SE worked on FF15 for 10 years, and said they wanted to create a realistic world, but didn't add simple little things that make RPGs more fun to play.

Also, it's hard to take some things about the world and story seriously, such as the characters are afraid to drive around at night because demons (powerful enemies) come out at night, yet the diners and restaurants are full of people at night? And there's a mission where you need to rescue your car that's been impounded in a military base, yet there's many cars driving past on roads, so they couldn't steal a car? Morality shouldn't be an issue since the world is at war, and the party members kill lots of enemies, yet they won't steal a car in order to save the world?

The story does have some emotional moments and it seems a heart warming romance could be building, but I must say even though I like this game, it doesn't feel like Final Fantasy, it feels like an action game. Especially since you don't encounter enemies very often , much of the gameplay appeal comes from doing sidequests such as taking photos or fetch quests.



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#13897213 Nov 10, 2018 at 06:49 PM · Edited 6 months ago
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I beat Final Fantasy 15. People weren't kidding when they said the 2nd half of the game is very short. The 2nd half of the game goes from being an open world RPG to an linear action game.

The story went in all sorts of weird directions near the end, I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but I'll say it goes from being about a world at war to a story that feels a little bit like Dragon Age (no, really), and with a bit of the Korean movie Snowpiercer (literally). Then, it took another twist , and I can't say what happens, but it kinda makes for a happy and emotional ending.

It's kinda like I have a love/hate relationship with this game, it's great and annoying in many different ways, I don't even know what score I can give it.

Next, I'll try to platinum it, but the lack of quest variety will make it feel like a grind. I think Square Enix should take a lesson from CD Projeckt Red and Bethesda when it comes to open world, by either making the sidequests have some sort of impact on the world, or make them have an interesting story behind them.

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I'm closing in on the plat for FF15. The only trophies left that involve actually fighting enemies are defeating adamantoise, costlemark tower and unlocking 50 ability nodes. I managed to do 80 side quests, and it was so tedious, such boring side quests, like I said before, Square Enix needs to take a look at how Witcher 3 and Skyrim do side quests and give them some interesting story .

I beat Ifirit on normal difficulty, and I was worried at first because I kept dying so many times, even after I beat the game, but after getting the royal shield and grinding up some upgrades to greatly increase HP, armor and spirit, he was quite easy to beat.

An obstacle that could get in my way are FF15's trophy glitches, such as one that doesn't give you the trophy for unlocking 50 ability nodes (hence people are recommended to save when you unlock 49 nodes, and redo the 50th one if you experience the glitch). There is a glitch where sometime after doing 80 side quests you don't get a trophy, and it would be really frustrating since it took me so long to do those very boring side quests. Luckily I dodged that glitch, but some people didn.t

And there's even a glitch in costlemark tower, that prevents you progressing further in it.

I've read the ruby light doesn't revivie Noctis in the battle with adamantose, but I've read it's not a hard battle, but it's just a long battle, unless you do certain side quests which I don't wanna do since I'm sick of side quests.

The non-battle related trophies I still need are for fishing, cooking and walking. Yes. I need to do a LOT of fishing still... I've nearly got the trophies for cooking and walking, but it's kinda annoying that after I've cooked many different meals hundreds of times and have been exploring the world (often on foot) for over 50 hours, yet I still need make gladiolus walk even more.

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I managed to get the royal weapon from costlemark tower, even on easy the battles lasted a long time because it makes you fight numerous heavily armored enemies at once,and since you have little control over your party, they do stupid things and get themselves killed.

I managed to defeat Adamatoise, it took over 3 hours, because I didn't know the ring I had could do so much damage, the guides mentioned a ring that could kill him quickly, but I was sure the ring in the guide had a different name to the ring in my inventory. I spent the first 2 hours and 40 minutes bringing the health of adamantoise down below 50% , but his attacks became faster and more powerful to the extent he kept instant KOing me when I got near him, thus I used up nearly all of my revival items. Then I decided to stand a far distance from him and shot him with the ring I had and it depleted the other 50% of his health in less than 20 minutes, and luckily I had lots of items that could restore my MP.

All that is left is trophies for unlocking 50 nodes and some silly fishing,cooking and walking trophies. If the 50 nodes trophy doesn't glitch, then I'm guaranteed the platinum. I think I will load a much earlier save when I didn't spend my AP on expensive upgrades and will just unlock lots of cheap upgrades to unlock the 50 required.

Even though I've beaten the story, done all the optional dungeons and bosses, the game says I haven't made Gladiolus walk enough... Same goes for me cooking hundreds of meals but I still haven't cooked enough. I'm nearly done with those trophies though, it's just their requirements are silly. The fishing trophy will be a bore, because I have much fishing to do before I earn that trophy.

P.S Damn FF15 is glitchy as hell. When I fought adamantoise, Noctis got stuck against adamantoise, and it caused me to get KOed twice because I couldn't run away from him. Also, sometimes I couldn't see where adamantoise was because it made him invisible, but it wasn't some sort of invisibility ability from adamantoise, it was just another glitch, this happened when I got close to him. I couldn't see him and had to guess where to strike my weapon. And the camera is terrible often Noctis would face the wrong way, not just in the battle against adamantoise, but against many enemies. It was just more annoying against adamantoise because the battle lasted so long, and I didn't want to have to redo hours worth of work because of glitches.



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#13897227 Nov 10, 2018 at 07:09 PM
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Great blog entry. You are gifted in playing and writing.

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#13898062 Nov 12, 2018 at 08:18 AM
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I finally platinumed FF15. After 86 hours of game time, minus 6 hours or so when I was charging my controller , and one dungeon I spent hours in for a sidequest before I gave up on it.

It's my first PS4 plat, for the first PS4 game I've played :P Also, it's the 4th Final Fantasy game I've platinumed, along with Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy 13 and 13-2.

There's still lots more side quests in FF15 that I haven't done (although I've done over 100 of them already if I count the hunts). I'm hoping to play some of the DLCs to learn more about the story, and to get more trophies, since even though I've platinumed the game, I have only 50% trophy completion for it.

I must say, Final Fantasy X was so much more fun to plat, not just because it's my favorite game, but because Blitzball is so much fun, and it even has league and knockout tournaments.

Tomorrow, I will give Rainbow Six Seige a try. It has no single player campaign, just some single player missions, but I got the game for free, so it can't hurt to give it a try.


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#13900321 Nov 15, 2018 at 06:50 AM
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I've purchased Final Fantasy Type 0 and inFAMOUS Second Son. Both games are fairly cheap now. The thing is, I opted for a physical copy of Type 0 because I like to collect box arts for JRPGs, hence I need to wait for it to arrive in the mail. I opted for a digital version of Second Son.

Second Son is a fun game. It's controls are a lot more fluid and faster than the first inFAMOUS game. However, so far it's mission designs haven't been as fun as in the first inFAMOUS, and Delsin and his brother are really annoying. They act very stupidly and cause the big problems they later need to deal with. And then, when they're in a race against time to save people in their tribe whom are dying, Delsin's brother will be focusing on how to remove Delsin's power, when it's obvious Delsins ability is the only chance of saving the people in their tribe?

I must say, I prefer the first inFAMOUS game, because Cole is a likable character, and it's story presentation is great, and it's gameplay was quite good although it's mechanics aren't as fluid, IMO it's mission designs are more fun.

However, I like how the graphics in Second Son look realistic and crisp. The graphics for the first inFAMOUS game looked a bit ugly, even for PS3 standards.

I also like how the game makes the controller make sounds to make it sound like stuff is happening right next to you. The Wii Controller had this feature, and it's nice it's been brought back again.

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I gave Rainbow Six Seige a bit of a play, and while the game has some things going for it, it has some big issues.

No single player campaign. Many online shooter fans will scould me if I complain about a lack of single player campaign, but it's a reality that NOT EVERYONE likes to play multiplayer. I saw on a forum some people had the same complaint as me, and those people got scoulded as if they are snobs or hermits because they don't like to play with other human players.

The game does have some modes which can be played solo, such as situations, which involves rescuing hostages or disarming bombs, but there's only 10 or so of the situations, and they're very short but quite fun.

Terrorist hunt can be played solo, but even veteran FPS gamers have difficulty beating terrorist hunt playing solo because you need to kill 22 enemies whom use very defensive tactics, they guard certain areas and you need to be very good at aiming and shooting to win in this mode because there is no regenerating health.

Terrorist hunt can be played with a total of 5 human players, which means if every human player killed 4.4 enemies, you would easily win. Well, when I play alone, I'm often killing 10+ enemies, so it's not like I'm simply bad at the game, it's just the developers didn't give enough options for single player. I think killing 10 or 15 enemies in solo would be better, because how do they expect 1 person to take on 22 enemies with no regenerating health and dealing with enemies using very defensive tactics.

I do like neat little things about the game such as that robot that has a camera that can roll underneath doors and show you where the enemies are and how they're positioned. This would have made for something good in a story campaign.There's also a rope thing that lets you go onto the roofs of buildings and you can select windows to enter different tactics.

Another thing I hate is you need to have PS Plus to be able to sign this game. I often don't continue my PS Plus subscription because most of the free games they offer are ones I'm not interested in. Anyways, I used a 48 hour trial of PS Plus (even though I've used PS Plus before),to be able to play this game, but I will not pay a monthly fee to play this game.

P.S I just remembered Yakuza Kiwami is a PS Plus game this month, so I made sure I snagged it, and next month when I have time to play Kiwami and other games become available I'll use the PS Plus service again.

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I've been playing a bit of Yakuza Kiwami , because I want to see how Kazuma's story begun (I know Yakuza 0 is set before the original Yakuza game, but I want to see events in the original first game). As expected, some emotionally charged events have happened, it shows the honor in Japanese culture, and how they will think about consequences not just for an individual, but also for the individuals family when they make decisons.

I kinda have an idea how the Yakuza story begun, because I watched flashbacks of the first Yakuza game when I played other Yakuza games, but it's nice to see it being presented to me. The other Yakuza games I've played are Y2, Y3 and Y4 . I will say Yakuza 4 is one of my favorite action/adventure games of all time for many reasons, I'm yet to play 5 and 6 , and really want to play 0.

The only thing is, my PS Plus subscription ends tomorrow and I have work tomorrow, but I think I will wait until December to renew my PS Plus subscription so I can pick up PS Plus games for December and January , and plus I still have inFAMOUS Second Son and Final Fantasy Type 0 to keep me busy.



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#13903058 Nov 18, 2018 at 10:51 AM
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I'm up to chapter 3 in Guardians of the Galaxy. The story is good and entertaining, as expected it expands upon the movies fairly well, and keeps things interesting. The atmosphere is great, with beautiful nebulae and futuristic cities in the background, and colorful starships. The 80s music makes things even more fun. It has a lot more QTEs than the other Telltale games, and the irony is Drax looks and acts like Kratos...



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#13904316 Nov 19, 2018 at 09:06 PM · Edited 6 months ago
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I've finished/platinumed Guardians of the Galaxy. It was enjoyable enough, but I must say it is my least favorite Telltale game. The game does feel rushed, because the story could have been fleshed out better (it's very short, each episode is only 1 hour long), and the story writing and dialogue could be better, it's like the writers went overboard in portraying the characters as being immature.

Now I can see what the former staff at Telltale meant when they said they felt they were being worked too hard,because it feels like this game was released to meet a deadline, rather than one they could put their heart into.

Next, I will beat Second Son and will try to platinum it, which will take a fair bit of time, since I think I'm only 30% into SS story, and then I will move onto FF Type 0, and I want to try to platinum it also, since I've heard it's plat is very obtainable. I think in mid December, I'll reactive PS Plus so I can beat Yakuza Kiwama and snag whatever games they have (I'm hoping they will be generous since it will be around Christmas).

Either way, it's not a bad backlog to have...


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