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  1. Dragon Quest IX Switch Port when?

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      The whole point of veering the DQ9 anniversary conversation with Level-5 towards a remake, to suggest it should happen, is to suggest Level-5 will be handling it.  Or is planned to be handling it.

      Level-5 had to postpone two major projects that were initially due in 2020, for 2021.  Both are nearly done. They're also a MUCH smaller team, as they've gone only downhill since DQ9's original release.

      So I expect we'll see stuff announced as time goes on.  Not every 30th anniversary announcement happened on the anniversary date.  Quite a few were later that year.

      I also expect DQ9 will see something more akin to a DQ11 facelift.

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  2. Really excited for the SaGa Frontier remaster. Can’t wait for next Thursday! 

     

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      The only thing I hope to see, but likely won't, is a rebalance of growth of enemies versus players (SOOO easy to pigeon hole myself in almost every chapter, by spending too much time battling).  It's especially annoying as stat growth is random, and MIGHT happen, while enemy stat growth is off fixed battle count intervals, and thus literally, RNG can kill a player.  So the best option is to abuse the heck out of every battle to get the most stat boosts possible, playing it like abusing the heck out of FF2. 

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  3. With Microsoft getting serious about getting more Japanese third party support, will we see the battle of who gets the timed exclusive Japanese AAA third party game?

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      Exclusives are the only reason Nintendo exists at all today.  Or despite hardware, they would likely be relegated to a very niche block, as Sony, MS, and other actually large companies like Microsoft, with near unlimited funds might see a potential market in handhelds.

      So, while I am annoyed at times for niche titles, it does assure system sales.  Plenty of gamers are obsessed with best hardware, and right now that would be in MS' corner, as it will take some time for developers to properly utilize the PS5's features, while the Series has no special features to exploit beyond raw power.  Making it easier to grant the Series the highest grade graphics.  As a result, timed exclusives, and exclusives are one of the core reason why people still go Sony, much as with Nintendo 1st party games (and because they've cemented themselves as the defacto player in the handheld market, the only true dedicated handheld system outside of retro or copy-cat enthusiast builds).

      Plus, without them, it would make it harder for certain tech to develop properly.  While no one is using the remote system of the Wii, it was rather popular for awhile, and would not have been possible without Nintendo catering to specific markets with specific games.  Sure they were super casual mom's looking for a workout, and why not with their kid's consoles, but it did allow that tech to expand.  Similarly with the Dual Screen going into my favourite handheld to date, the 3DS.  If there were no exclusives, Sony likely would have won that game, and we would never have experienced the fun of the 3DS, and dual-screen systems would have been in the dust bin.

      Simplicity typically wins out, and innovation is sadly more often cut short by lack of a driver in the market for that innovation, until the last second.  Why to fund that innovation, some companies attempt to start early, and the only way to do this, is to generate incentive for people to buy a product that allows other companies to see viability in that direction.  Even if it's just a stupid sales pitch.  We only have Nvidia, because they learned to package exclusive games with their systems, that were very difficult to find, or would cost a lot of money, or were early releases.  It's one key reason we no longer have Voodoo.

      There is never any innate incentive for changing things up, much like Sony is doing with the PS5 (which will completely reshape the PC market landscape as they're hitting bottlenecks fast, as raw number crunching is expensive and costly without jacking up your electricity draw rates, and even then, we plateaued about 3 years ago, and are well into the minimum gains period, with no direction to speak of, until Sony figured out an alternative...others are through Atom processors, others with layers of potential AI specific chips layered into chips, others by forcing groups of bytes into simple arrays by splitting them into simple patterns of the same group, then expanding them after processing...others are by mimicking quantum computing by guessing at the other of every two sets of bits, and using an AI controller that picks up patterns to determine the second bit).  The thing though is you need backing and money to drive industry towards new horizons.

      So while MS isn't pushing any boundaries, they are using exclusives to break into new markets, which on its own creates new avenues of revenue draw for other companies in Japan.  In this case, it might help resurrect a floundering industry that the Japanese government has been fast tracking the death of, and I do mean killing the Videogame industry in Japan, because they prefer worker slave bots to help alleviate the bloat and negate hyperinflation, rather than curb spending.  Unfortunately, for all the positives of Japan, social pressure on what determines adulthood is far stronger than it is here, and is abused when it comes to deleting an industry.  Hell, Japan has only to look at itself for the direction Sony took in moving away from the country, as it is literally the fault of the populace deliberately not buying their products so as not to be seen as an adult in diapers in the workplace.  It's one reason the Vita bombed so hard, and even the 3DS took a hit.  Nintendo's marketing campaign for the Switch was also helped because the Japanese government and industry stopped lambasting the practice of gaming, for whatever reason, maybe because the industry was floundering, and so many of their companies forced to rely on the inconsistent revenue streams of mobile games (unless they put out a gem that really draws in cash...it's even less lucrative overall than MMO's, though less costly so easier to turn-around).

      So I can't agree.  There are good reasons for exclusives.  The only thing I don't like, is when system companies buyout 3rd party companies and generate exclusives that were normally multi-platform, or would have had a good shot at being multi-platform.  As in this case.  Though MS is also looking towards the future battle with Apple, Google, and Amazon.  While the ball is in Nintendo, Sony, and MS' court, Apple, Google, and Amazon are like MS, in that they're far larger, with a lot more free cash to burn, than Sony, and especially Nintendo.

      So I fully expect to see a LOT of 3rd party buyouts, or exclusive contracts for particular releases (like Bloodborne).

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  4. Happy Easter to the Den! I got to be one of the lectors for tonight's Vigil Mass and was assigned to read about the parting of the red sea and subsequent destruction of Pharaoh and his armies.

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      Fairly significant passage and honor.  You must feel rather proud for being chosen to read.  Happy Easter to you as well!

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  5. If you’re interested in some new Switch RPGs, consider checking out this duo of RPGs for the system:

    https://www.siliconera.com/review-saviors-of-sapphire-wings-is-a-great-intro-to-dungeon-crawling/

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      Oooooh!  Time to make some room in my lists.

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  6. Damn...PS Vita is about to skyrocket in price, and it was already going up.  Same with all physical games, now that the digital store is shut down (poor vita players).  I have to wonder how many games will be permanently locked to the Vita.

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      Yep.  This gives me some real reason to push for completing my works...and pray for success.  You totally sold me on the Vita awhile back.

      Going to be a wild ride watching certain games spike hard.  I'm now scared to see how much Panzer Dragoon Saga has gone up (as with the Saturn in general, and other obscure Saturn exclusives like Albert Odyssey).

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  7. Dragon Quest Dai answers the age worn question of what happens when you taken an Orphen, and mix it with a Dragonball.

    I did not like the start, as it felt overly childish, and lacking any of the clever sophistication that made Dragonball a classic, or the more adult themed hardline questions that bolstered Orphen's succinct presentation.  However, I am growing to enjoy the characters, especially everything after the Crocodine battle.

    I really need to watch the original, as the spread of episodes is different (there's clearly more story presented in the original, this one being a very simplified version that trims a lot of details).  See what's missing.  It is a good start, and I am looking forward to Maam (funny how Dai, the child-like Hero, has companions named Maam and Popp...why? then again Madara and Papas in DQV, and the original Dai was created between V and VI, so I suppose that was a heavy influence).

    Dai better end with the Princess, instead of one of those ridiculous anime tropes where no real love connection is ever realized, just teased or always a near miss, or one or another is too afraid to make any move...for 100+ episodes.

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      Ah...so I wonder then if Dai didn't influence Horii's name choices related to DQV?  Since so many of his later games were influenced by unused early ideas.

      I can definitely see where a LOT of skill concepts were added into the games (Flame and the other elemental slashes in the 6th game, and of course Grand Cross).

      My one gripe is this is a story that needs a longer period of time to properly tell.  It's a very solid and much more serious tone (more similar to DQ's back in the NES and SNES era...and that definitely comes across in Abel as well, though I never finished watching it).

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  8. Happy birthday!

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      Happy Birthday you slick saucy gooman, you! (no homo)

  9. I now have every Etrian Odyssey game released.  Now I have to get 7th Dragon, and both Persona Q's.

    I have to eventually beat 3, 4, 5, and Nexus (I have a playthrough 4/5ths through Nexus, 1/3 through 5, completed the story boss in 3, and only a slight bit into the first stratum in 4).  5's 3rd stratum is kicking my ass with my party makeup, which isn't optimal, but rather than reset now, I'm auto-battling to 70, then retiring for the bonuses, then rebuilding to conquer the 3rd (amazing how hard the skeleton archers hit...).

     

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      Well, since EO4, my method getting to 70 fast, when I need to (for situations like this usually...to retire at a decent level for good bonuses), is to use auto walk and place two or three paperback books on something of similar height, and touching the "a" button.

      Thanks for the tips.  Yeah, I noticed Gunmount is rather excellent, but I'm retooling my new spirit broker for mostly pure damage, leaving me with limited defense (really, nothing).  So I'll make a second Dragoon and make it a gunner, see which one works better (not like Dragon Roar can't be used either build, and there are still good defensive skills with a cannon build).  I might get level 10 in the Necromancer's wraith skill that soaks up all damage for a single round, sacrificing a wraith for it, then tweak the wraith summoning skills to increase auto-replenish, so there's always a wraith present.

      Yeah, I noticed EO5 is fairly flexible, but it does matter what ones synergy is, and EO5's skill system is a bit of a mixed bag related to synergy and functionality.  Most of the synergy seems built into mastery, though I do admit I like the secondary class types, and general focus.

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  10. I now have every Etrian Odyssey game released.  Now I have to get 7th Dragon, and both Persona Q's.

    I have to eventually beat 3, 4, 5, and Nexus (I have a playthrough 4/5ths through Nexus, 1/3 through 5, completed the story boss in 3, and only a slight bit into the first stratum in 4).  5's 3rd stratum is kicking my ass with my party makeup, which isn't optimal, but rather than reset now, I'm auto-battling to 70, then retiring for the bonuses, then rebuilding to conquer the 3rd (amazing how hard the skeleton archers hit...).

     

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      Front Line:

      1. Earthlain Impact Brawler <-I was intending this to be the other one initially, then changed my mind for boss killing, however my point spread was designed exclusively around one-two punch and binds, but not full binds, only level 5 at that point, with extra points in general damage output.
      2. Therian Blade Dancer <-this was my biggest problem, mostly because she kept dying every first round, but I also made the mistake of aiming for Hell Slash instead of something directly useful like Tetra, first.

      Back Line:

      1. Brouni Divine Herald <-too much point spread, not enough into newer healing skills for per round healing if buffed
      2. Earthlain Shield Bearer <- I maxed Bunker instead of Dragon Roar 9 or 10, and my points into line defense were nill
      3. Celestrian Spirit Broker <- Wraith masteries up too high, not enough points into actual skills, which was fine for the first two strata (actually fantastic for them), but doesn't work out well for the third, as there was virtually no damage output.

      I reset my team to everything the same, except Blade Dancer -> Blade Master, to better support the Impact Brawler.  Though I'm kicking myself for not changing the race to Therian.  I expected on retirement to just get back the same race + class, and change the name, etc.  So I paid no attention when I first picked, and since you can't undo retirement once selected, I had to recall in the moment what my team members were (I actually picked the Shield bearer first, and since I couldn't recall that based purely on the name, I put the game down for a bit, took a few deep breaths, then just winged it as another Earthlain Brawler, just going on memory of what the last team was, and what slot 1 was (forgetting my front line slot 1 was my last character created).  Ah well, the damage is still good, not great but good.  I might change again after hitting 70, just to have two Therians in the front.

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  11. Happy New Year! Here’s to a new year and the upcoming 35th anniversary of Dragon Quest!

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      Yep, yep!  I'm really excited as well!

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  12. Merry Questmas everyone! Ho ho COR BLIMEY!

  13. After having used it for a bit now, I can unfortunately say I'm not a fan of the new forums update. Everything got moved around and it's buggy. It looks as if I'm not the only one that gets kicked to an error page any time I try to do anything but read and post. I can't even select text on mobile when I *am* trying to post - doing so makes the selection but then hides the keyboard and pulls up what appears to be a link long-touch menu, despite no link existing in the text. Trying to bring back the keyboard deselects the text.

     

    I'm not blaming Woodus, it's IP.board's fault. Why can't developers just leave well enough alone and just fix bugs/security? Why do they have "fix" what isn't broken? The old version was fine!

  14. It seems as if an old friend has returned...

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      Maybe he forgot his account, but he posted on the 24th.  He pops up now and again.

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  15. I cant create new topic?

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      Ah, I'm picking up an error as well, though it's a bit complicated, as I'm not using special symbols, just text.  Glad you got your issue figured out, and welcome to the Den.

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  16. I cant create new topic?

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      ignasia

      Are you seeing the "New Topic" button just below the "follow" count for that particular forum, on the right side, and just above the actual list of topics?

      If you do, and you click on it, what happens?  I have noticed this board is a bit slower with certain functions.  It took like 8~10s of waiting time for the last topic I created to load up after clicking the new topic button, and before I could write the initial post and title.

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  17. Minecraft Steve is live in Smash Bros. Ultimate, boys and girls! He actually has a really fun moveset. People might be mad about this character, but I’m having a great time so far.

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      Ok, now for The Builder!  I'd really love to play Steve versus The Builder!

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  18. So DQ11 is DEFINITELY updated from the Switch version, and graphically seems far closer to the PS4.  It seems like they haven't been idle, and have swapped out some textures and models.  I made a post about this on GameFAQs, so I'll link to that:

    https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/boards/296430-dragon-quest-xi-s-echoes-of-an-elusive-age-definitive/78997043

    @Erdrick The Hero @AustNerevar @YangustheLegendaryBandit I forget who else was in that topic, and who else was worried about the graphical downgrade presented with the first Xbox video.  This should cheer you up!

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      Thanks, I hadn't gotten through it all yet.  Taking it piecemeal, but I do like how they opened with the new trailer.

      FF16 also looks quite good, and I'll probably get that, as it feels like a return to form, while keeping certain new battle system conventions with some tweaks.  Also interesting to see a truly massive and menacing looking Behemoth (beast/dark), versus the Phoenix (light/restoration).

      I'll get to more later when I have a chance.

      I am quite happy with the improvements to DQ11 though.  It's a nice step up from the XBOX reveal.

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  19. So DQ11 is DEFINITELY updated from the Switch version, and graphically seems far closer to the PS4.  It seems like they haven't been idle, and have swapped out some textures and models.  I made a post about this on GameFAQs, so I'll link to that:

    https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/boards/296430-dragon-quest-xi-s-echoes-of-an-elusive-age-definitive/78997043

    @Erdrick The Hero @AustNerevar @YangustheLegendaryBandit I forget who else was in that topic, and who else was worried about the graphical downgrade presented with the first Xbox video.  This should cheer you up!

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      The full SE TGS, it opens up with DQ11de:

       

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  20. NOW INQUIRING INTO DQXI Casino Strategies.

    Also, solved the crashing problem. Somehow all my graphic settings got bumped back to their highest settings and my system was choking.

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      Ah, glad it worked out.

      Buy somewhere between 200 and 1000 tokens, whatever you can afford and feel comfortable with.

      Save.

      Play Poker and double or nothing each time only to a max of 3 or 4 guesses before taking the wins. 

      Reset if you lose everything.

      You could play Slime Quest Slots as well, but it's not very lucrative.

      Do note there is a bunny girl in both casinos (only one in Act 1, 2 in Acts 2 and 3), that lets you know which Slime Slot is hot or not, and another called the Jackpot girl, who tells you what the value of the jackpot is (max 1m), and another who gives you a hint on the best slot.

      There's a special item from DQ2, a Tombola Ticket, you can find on the casino floor, it allows you to play the DQ2 lottery game for actual Gold prizes.  I suggest playing it a bit if you're low on cash to trade for Tokens up front.  You can't miss it, it's near the bar on the left on the casino floor (or the right if you're on the floor facing the stairs to the exit).

      Save again at 3000 ~ 5000 Tokens

      Automate 10 token slots.  There are a number of ways to generate automation on PC.  Let it run as long as you want, getting as many tokens as you feel you need.

      The only item in the first casino that offers a good resale value, is the Mercury's Headband.  Later on, in the second casino, you can exploit Sage's Elixirs for infinite Gold (9 at a time, unfortunately, but it doesn't take long to buy 99, then run down to the nearest shop to sell, and return to the casino, to repeat until you're satisfied).

      For 100 token slots in Act 2, you'll want to keep at least 30,000 tokens, though I recommend 50,000 as a decent cushion should things go wrong.  30k is sufficient, 50k is if you're a magnet for bad luck.

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  21. My DQ3 party now has 3 pairs of elevating shoes and I'm spamming the Lyre of Ire in a room that spawns LMS. Still not leveling as fast as I'd like.

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      Using the Lyre negates the Elevating Shoes.  Even if the Golden Claws worked as they did in the NES, it would still help negate the Elevating Shoes, as it tracks only to each individual character's steps.  So even if walking around, the rear characters are always 2 or 3 steps of EXP behind, which over time does add up.

      Plus the Elevating Shoes are only worthwhile from levels 1~40.  Post 40 the EXP amount is so high 1 EXP per step has no value.  Though the Luck bonus does make it worthwhile for status defense.

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  22. Microsoft just revealed a *ton* of games for XBox Series X, but the only one I'm even vaguely interested in is Halo Infinite. And I only want it if it comes to PC.

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      Halo's a good series.  Good characters, good writing, good storyline, good battles, fun weapons, great multiplayer, etc.

      It's a series that has certain moronic fans who love to claim firsts for a series with none.

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  23. If anyone wants to buy Dragon Quest Builders on Nintendo Switch, I've found 2 copies in "Like New" condition on eBay for $35.99, with $3.95 for shipping: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Dragon-Quest-Builders-Nintendo-Switch/114289975719

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      I appreciate the update, but I lack the funds atm to take advantage of this.  One day I'll have a second Switch version copy.

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