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  1. Been stuck at home for the past week since I’ve been sick. I usually get a bad cold/sore throat in December or January so it was only a matter of time, but with all the Covid stuff I had to go into lockdown and stay away from work to be safe until I could get tested. Felt better by the start of this week and my test results I got today came back negative for COVID-19. I should probably be glad I can go back to work tomorrow but honestly I don’t really care, especially since I have to do 7 days of work in row starting tomorrow. And I had to use a lot of my vacation time for the days I missed because my work doesn’t have sick leave, so now I have to save up my vacation time again. Fantastic. 🙄

  2. Since we don’t have a dedicated topic for this subject, I’m making one. Share animation works you find on YouTube and the like.

    Starting of this topic, here’s the recently released pilot for Long Gone Gulch. It’s been 5 years in the making. Really enjoy the character designs and the animation. Definitely some fun shots/scenes in the Saloon and towards the end with the showdown.

     

  3. So...Xenoblade Chronicles continues to make me go, “Wait, WHAT?!” with the story. I was able to beat the boss I was worried about (though it did take a retry because of the movement AI for my party members being stupid and getting stuck, thanks games) and then the story has some big moments that took everything in a crazy direction. To keep it short, I was surprised by the revelations of the Monado and the Bionis and the point of certain NPCs. The NPCs I had a hunch about with how the game shows them off at different times, but the story reveals and cutscenes...holy crap.

    I’ll admit said story bits do seem very RPG-ish with the surprises, but I’m liking the delivery of them, which I feel is the important part. It’s kept me invested and thinking about what’s coming next. Now all I can wonder is where the game will have me go to next area wise.

     

    On a separate note, I really don’t care for the difficulty increase at the end of the game. I was enjoying using Expert mode to tailor the difficulty how I wanted to, but now I have to disable it just to keep up with what’s being thrown at me. Enemy levels can make or break battles I feel, and it’s becoming more apparent here at what I assume is the end of the game. This is the first point of the game i feel like I need to go and grind against the really high leveled enemies in early parts of the game, and I’m not a fan of that. Feeling like I’m forced to grind is a big no-no in my book, especially since I’ve been diligent in doing all the side quests and fully exploring maps to get all the EXP I can.

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  4. Picked up the Castlevania Anniversary Collection since it was on sale for $5, and I can now day I’ve finally beaten the original Castlevania! I remember trying again and again to beat the game in my Wii via the Virtual Console release, but I had absolutely no luck once I got to area 4. I finally did it! Definitely was difficult, but since I’ve been stuck at home it gave me the chance to learn the later levels and win! Holy Water is your best friend in the original.

    Felt good to finally beat the game. I’m not a diehard Castlevania fan or anything, but I’ve always known and admired the series for as long as I can remember. It’s one that’s always stuck out in my mind thanks to being talked about so highly in stuff like Nintendo Power back in the day, and seeing various games get coverage before...well, Konami became too much like Konami. I’m looking forward to playing the other games in the collection, and maybe this will lead me to checking out some of the Metroidvania styled games too.

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  5. Been playing Xenoblade Chronicles on and off today. Finished off all the side quests available in the current town I’m at (no naming cause spoilers 🤫) and have gotten the party up to level 70. Finally not getting my butt handed to me by the monsters in said area is nice, and I’ve been working on improving team synergy chain attacks. Seems like I’ll be able to tackle the next major story boss once I get back to the game, so...I’m kind of nervous as to what’s coming next with said boss! I’m not sure what party set up I should go for! Could be a case of needing to reload and try again.

    Man, I hope this doesn’t end up being a case like 10 years ago where I got totally stuck on a boss.

  6. Follow up to earlier: Wow, the enemy difficulty has really jumped in the area I’m at. I’ve been using the Expert Mode setting so I can customize character levels whenever I want to, but even maxing everyone out right now (currently the highest level is 68 for a few party members) I’m still struggling against some of the enemies. I either need to see if I can get a few more levels around this area or just focus on the available side quests to get some extra exp and money. Maybe do some of both.

    I must be getting close to the end of regular enemies are starting to get this difficult. It seems like the game is getting close to wrapping up.

  7. SNK has been bought in the past by larger companies and it never affected their business for the most part. If the rumors end up being true I’m guessing SNK games will still be available on various platforms and they will be able to continue future releases.

    But speaking of SNK, I decided to play some Metal Slug X tonight. Bought the game awhile ago when it was on sale and man, I forgot how nuts these games could get. It’s a run and gun arcade game that just gets so over the top. Great character/sprite animations, the sudden appearance of MARS MARTIANS! who appear alongside the normal enemies, and the big final battle against the Mothership you fight with the help of the enemy forces is so good.

    Good times playing Metal Slug, man. There arcade games can get pretty hard but they are so much fun.

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  8. Picked up Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition again. Didn’t realize it had been since August since i last played the game. Seems like it wasn’t months ago since I played. Just found out a lot of story info for the two titans in the game. Can’t really say much more than that cause spoilers, but it’s another point in the game that made me go, “Whoa, that’s actually really cool,” and makes me want to see what’s next.

    Seems like the side quest number is dwindling thankfully, so it should be easier to stick with the game to the end.

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  9. I’ve enjoyed Samurai Shodown 2 much more than Samurai Shodown 1. 1st game definitely feels like a clunky early 90s fighting game and doesn’t feel very rewarding to play, but SS2 feels much smoother and much better gameplay wise. Earthquake and Charlotte have been my favorite characters to play as so far.

  10. 18 minutes ago, Plattym3 said:

    I'm sure everyone's seen the rumor from a few places that remakes of Diamond & Pearl are coming this year. Barely remember anything about those games except for that's the first Pokémon game I got on release day. Heck, it's the first I got in the initial release year. emoji12.png I was years behind on Pokémon until then.

    Diamond and Pearl was when I lost interest in the series. I remember them being covered in Nintendo Power several times but I never felt excited about them like I had with Ruby and Sapphire a few years prior. Not sure what happened in between that caused me to lose interest, at least in the main games, but there you go.

  11. Estard Island is slowly but surely coming together. Thanks to @WoodusI’ve been able to obtain the other fruits I needed. I’m going to have to re-arrange some houses once I can really change the island landscape, but for now I’m starting to set up where Estard Castle Town is up on the cliff side of my island.

    Got my town theme changed to “Echoes of Horns Throughout the Castle” from DQ7, and I’m going to try and make some custom designs based on sprites from the game.

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  12. The new Pokémon Snap game is coming out at the end of April.

    Visually the game looks very nice, and it’s cool to see different generations of Pokémon mixed together. I’m probably not going to recognize everything past Gen. 3, but I’m looking forward to finding out more about the game.

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  13. Been playing plenty of Animal Crossing New Horizons. I think I’m finally at the point I can start making my island look more and more like Estard Island from Dragon Quest 7.

    Also been messing around with the Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection. It’s been on sale for 50% off for about a week so I picked it up. I’ve never really dabbled in this SNK fighting series since I’m more of a King of Fighters man, but it’s been fun playing the collection. Love the character designs and gameplay, there’s a huge library of artwork and design documents you can look through, and history and developer comments for the series. Haven’t tried playing online yet, but I’m really liking what’s available game wise and extra wise. Always wanted to give the series a real shot and I’m enjoying it.

  14. 1 hour ago, Plattym3 said:

    My son has passed 90 hours on Pokémon Shield. emoji15.png
    I don't think I've ever done more than 50 on any single title.

    He’s developing a Poké-problem. Haha

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  15. 2 hours ago, Bururian said:

    I'm a weenie and hate using the Draconian quests. Maybe if I ever do a third play through. I did a Platinum run of the original game and now doing a 2D run of the Definitive version.

     

    I like the idea of them, but I also like a non-obfuscated run of an RPG. Maybe one day in the future.

    If you could only do one, I would recommend the stronger monsters. They aren’t obscenely overpowered or anything, it just gives a nice bit of difficulty to the game. Helps make things interesting too once you know what to expect so you can prepare early on too.

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  16. 3 hours ago, ErdrickSmasherVIII said:

    but the battles can get rather time-consuming; especially if you're overleveled against a weaker enemy( My Solution for this; Do  exactly what Earthbound does when Ness & his Party encounter an underpowered enemy when they're at a high enough level; and Instantly K.O. the weakest enemies on the overworld) and have to go with the same song & dance routine; when you don't have the time to battle enemies that are significantly weaker than you that aren't even worth fighting;

    You can run over and instant kill enemies on horseback in DQ11 and most enemies who are weaker than you will run away as soon as they see you or will just ignore you. There are already ways to ignore and avoid battles, and with DQ11’s 3D mode having such large open areas and dungeons you can avoid monsters pretty easily anyway.

    2D mode can be left as is since its supposed to replicate the old school DQ style, and in that case you have things like Holy Water and Holy Protection to help prevent encounters with weak monsters.

     

    I thought DQ11 handled avoiding/dealing with encounters fine in whatever version you play. I don’t see what else could be added or changed to make them go faster unless they add a speed up option like DQ8 3DS had. 🤷‍♂️

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  17. 57 minutes ago, Plattym3 said:

    Made short work of the dungeon and boss. AND THEN THE HERO OF TRAILS IN THE SKY 3 WALKED IN. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.

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    Started up SaGa 2/Final Fantasy Legend 2. Man, talk about a big graphical improvement from the first game. The world map is much more detailed, as are towns. The UI and menu design is a lot closer to what would be the layout for other SaGa games like Romancing SaGa 2, you have dedicated icons to clearly distinguish weapon types...lots of improvements to the first game, and I can see how this game was what helped set a standard for the series going forward.

    Anyway, game is light on story like the first one but you have a Dragon Quest III type of opening from the SNES and GBC versions: you get to see your character’s dad, he tells you a bit about what he’s off to do, gives you a gift, then years go by and you set off for your own adventure. You get to make a party from different character races, this time with the newly added Robots as an option! And hey, the first guest star party member is a character I actually recognize: it’s the yellow cyclops monster you could get back during the 30th anniversary celebration in SaGa Universe. He’s said several lines that his SaGa Universe equivalent says in the plaza, so cool beans.

    Still early on, but I’m liking what I’m seeing/playing. Feels like this game took what worked with the first one and improved upon it.

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  18. Got my game started today and named my island Estard. Going to try and make it as DQ7 themed as I can layout wise. Starting fruit is peaches, and I set my island in the summer hemisphere for opposite seasons. Not sure when I can start trading and working with other players (the Dodo airport kept telling me “Haha we’re closed to bad” or something not similar to that at all) but I’d appreciate anyone who could help me get some of the other fruits eventually.

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