While this particular “Nep for That” update is larger than my normal update, I classify it as an “Intermission” rather than a proper chapter, since most of its dealings are with Red and 5pb, whose skits aren’t important to the overall plot (and aren’t recorded in the game’s Event Tome because they’re both DLC characters). It took about two hours to do, but Neptune’s team is two members larger today.
TV Tropes Link: Intermission 2 – Bonus Characters Get!
A while back, I bought River King: A Wonderful Journey and Metropolismania 2 at Five Below as “impulse buys” clearly bought because they were there and hard to find in regular stores, on account of them both being six-year-old PlayStation 2 games. Neither of them are very good, but I held onto Metropolismania because it’s on-the-ground city building was unlike any other game on the market (at the time). I ended up trading in River King to GameStop because I was close to buying the much-better Fishing Resort on Wii, and because River King’s actual fishing mechanic – the core of its gameplay – sucked. There was no real feel of a struggle between player and fish – all you did was watch the fish sway back and forth and hold the X button to reel it in, and it was impossible to tell how close you were to catching the fish, or how close you were to losing it (either due to line tension or the fish just plain slipping away).
Typically, GameStop only gives out pennies on the dollar for most trade-ins, and I only got about 30 cents for this one (somewhat understandable, as River King isn’t that well-known, and the last “new” PlayStation 2 game was released about a year ago). The funny thing about this is that the last time I went into that GameStop, I swear I saw the very same copy of River King I gave them, being resold for just $3. Now, I’m not sure whether the joke’s more on me for overpaying for a crappy fishing sim from a store that doesn’t specialize in video games, or GameStop when they decided they had to resell a game they determined wasn’t even worth the $5 I wasted “renting” it.
It took me almost all of Thursday to complete, but I finished painting my room to give it a nice, white coating. You can still see the remnants of the old wallpaper underneath, but they’re no longer an ugly brown color. At first, I wanted to try and scrape those bits off and leave just the plaster behind, but that would be a waste of energy, and I’ve already spent too much time and energy on this project to get needlessly burned out now. Besides, they give the walls a unique texture and character that they wouldn’t have had if I went ahead and scraped them dry.
Friday was nothing special – went to work, came home, tried to clean up the remaining crap on the floor after painting all day Thursday.
Today, I made a nice chunk of change selling some of my old video games (including a Nintendo DSi and Game Boy Color that had been supplanted by more modern systems) at our first yard sale of the year. There’s still a bunch of games I wasn’t able to sell, so I wonder if I’ll be able to take alternative routes to getting these games off my hands, like attending one of the local flea markets.
Orochi = one who gets pwned.
Warriors Orochi 3 = game that just got pwned by me. Last night.
I’d actually reached two of the endings of the game a couple of days before that, but I was so close to the end that I felt I needed to do a mini-marathon run on the levels needed to reach the true ending (just as I did when I came within spitting distance of 100% completion in DeathSpank). The true ending is less optimistic than the “good” ending and somewhat more depressing, but it takes a lot more effort to reach – namely, increasing bonds between certain characters and taking them on side missions to recruit more guys so that you have enough manpower to take on Orochi and his minions…who all get converted to playable characters after the game is won, pushing the number of playable characters to 132 (take THAT, Suikoden!).
Even after completing all of the missions and viewing the game’s true ending, I still only have 60% of the trophy points needed to earn a platinum. In order to put this thing to rest for good, I need to:
- get a level 4 weapon for every character
- clear every mission on Chaos difficulty
- find every equippable item, including rares
- finish any level in less than 5 minutes
- win a battle with a second player
Those are just the hard ones. Unfortunately, I don’t have a second PS3 controller, and I’ll bet finding someone online is hard to do, so it looks like I’ll have to spend another $40 if I want to even sniff at the Platinum for this game. I’ll need to create a gigantic spreadsheet just to keep track of everything I need, but it’ll all be worth it in the end.
This installment’s title is pretty self-explanatory. It seems the “Overlord’s Right Arm” isn’t just there for show, and while the search for the Key Fragments is still not going anywhere, they’re confident(?) to learn that all of the huffing and puffing about Overlord Momus actually means something…
TV Tropes Link – Chapter 13: The Otaku Goddess and the Plot Against Neptune