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  1. 7 hours ago, cprmauldin said:

    Yep, in my switch playthrough, I kept characters pepped as often as I could. 

    Does this mean that Pepped Up characters remain so if you bench them while they are Pepped?  IT wears of not over real time buyt by the number of rounds they spend pepped in battle (or after using Pep Powers)?

    anyway, I'm in the middle of the BIG turning point after collecting the Orbs.  Just... Wow.  I knew things were going to go south and result in much more game, but... never expected this level of bad luck!

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  2. 16 hours ago, YangustheLegendaryBandit said:

    There’s plenty of content if you listen to Slime Time and Side Quest...😘

    When do new episodes go live?  I want to catch one live sometime, if possible.  Otherwise, where's the best place to see / hear it?

  3. 35 minutes ago, AlefgardHero said:

    That's the thing, I swap in and out so regularly, with who's pepped, is there a metal monster, do I want to hit a large group of enemies or just one, etc. So I've never worried about whom is in my front four (at least for DQ11).

    Good point.  I suppose it'd be best to think in terms of which characters work best for my current goals, and instead ask "what skills should they have first?"  I made Sylv learn Hustle Dance as early as possible, and even though his MP pool is pitiful at present, it's been worth the investment. 

    I would guess there's all manner of supportive and conflicting reports on which builds are optimal goals at which points of the game, but I say Sylv with Hustle Dance is best healer if you get it early, and I'll die on that hill.  He can learn it way before anyone else learns Multiheal for equivalent effect.  Having Single Phials and Magic Waters on hand helps him keep up with the party's HP needs, if care is taken to use them between battles.

  4. Okay, I'll get in on this.  Here's my top 9 in no particular order, and reasons why.  I put these games on this list not because they are the best in their franchises, but because they are the most memorable and / or most-often-played games in my collection.  To no one's surprise, expect a lot of old games on this list.

    Here goes:

    1 - Megaman 2: NES - My first experience with this franchise, which is my favorite action platformer series of all, on a console chockablock with great specimens of the genus, it remains my benchmark for the performance of retro rehashes - if a retro clone system or compilation with MM2 allows me to make it through Metal Man's stage without a hitch, a stage I have memorized to pixel-perfect degrees, it's a solid retro experience.  The game is simply awesome.

    2 - Dragon Warrior (Quest) 4: NES/DS - A close call between this and it's siblings, but this barely edges out even my debut game (2) for my favorite 8-bit RPG of all time, thanks to it's rich cast and lengthy story, which I have played through multiple times on original hardware and software. 

    3 - Chrono Trigger: SNES / DS - Possibly the best SNES RPG, full stop, I have played through this game multiple times as well.  I even started over from scratch multiple times, NG+ be damned.  I've earned most of the NG+ endings, including the "Dream Room" ending for solo-ing the endboss in the first act. 

    4 - Fire Emblem Three Houses: Switch - The most modern addition to my best games ever list, I cannot deny it a spot in my top 9, given I've already sunk over 140 hours into it over it's year of life, and still have no signs of stopping, until I've cleared every path once.  The cast is remarkable, the gameplay is solid and thrilling for the most part, and all the moving parts and mechanics make any effort spent on the game feel like progress, including the more menial tasks of fishing or the non-interactive elements like Support cutscenes.  Everything in game adds up to improve another aspect, so no time ever in game is truly a waste in regards to the game's momentum.  In my humble canine view, the distillation of all that came before in the franchise, honed to near perfection.

    5 - Metroid: NES - I am keenly aware that superior games exist in the franchise, but this is the one I keep coming back to to sharpen my skills most frequently.  I beat this moody and fun game within an hour with no deaths, once.  Not a world record, and I've only done this once or twice to date, but I remain committed to reaching that performance level consistently, coming back every few months to try again.

    6 - Grandia: PSOne / Switch - How could I call myself a fan of 80s / 90s era RPGs and not include this masterpiece?  This shows what a Game Arts Studio game can be like, without the baggage of having a Working Designs translation. The voice acting is not great, but the music and gameplay remain sturdy, and few games before or since have such a grand ( lol ) Sense of true wonder and joy to them as this triumphant little gem.

    7 - Final Fantasy: NES - The game hardly holds water on a technical standpoint, with mechanics that simply do not function as planned, but this was a seed from which a mighty oak of a franchise grew.  IT was between this and FF9 or FF10 as my pick for this list ( trying to hold to one per franchise), but this takes it simply for nostalgia's sake.  This was the game that was my favorite RPG on NES for quite a while before DQ4 (see above) came along. 

    8  - Blaster Master: NES - Another non-linear action masterpiece, this game had the wierdest excuse for a story in the 80s, and though it makes no sense to modern ears, 10 year old me did not question, when the result was I get to drive a leaping tank through caves and dungeons and annihilate swaths of monsters on the way to saving the world - and my pet frog- from disaster.  By the end of the game, the vehicle does everything except drive itself, and the finale is truly amazing.  I had to give the slot to the original, even though I adore the Blaster Master Zero series that exists on modern systems.

    9 - Super Mario Brothers 3: NES - I played the game, I watched the cartoon, I read the Nintendo Power strategy guide cover-to-cover again and again,  I grabbed an issue of the comic book, and I salivated over the preview shown in the infamous 80s feature-length game ad "The Wizard".  I grew up in a time when this was not just a game, but an obsession, back when the hobby of video games was folded into the most prominent brand in the business.  Like Kleenex or Q-tips or Band-aids, when I was a child, playing video games was playing NINTENDO, and this game, well-honed after years of experimentation with the series and characters, was the ultimate distillation of Mario Mania in the 80s, the zenith of his popularity.  the commercial in the 80s that showed the entire United States in red, white, blue and black shirts, covering the nation in a giant Mario likeness did not feel far from the truth, and this game, with it's dozens of courses, containing hundreds of tasks and secrets to perform, felt like perfection itself growing up, and shinier, better Mario games exist, but none have as much personal impact for me, as for so many others, as this one.

    I've played hundreds of games in my time, some good some bad, some great, and these are the most memorable and amazing to me even after all that time.  Simply put, I'm a nostalgia fiend, and these are the fondest memories I have in all my gaming life so far.  It's hard to pin down just 9 games I fondly remember, but, for the sake of the meme, I'll stop here.

     

  5. Currently revolving around 3 RPGs on Switch, playing them as my mood decides:

    Fire Emblem Three Houses - I've done the Blue Lion's route to completion, and finished the DLC, and am currently on the first half of a Golden Deer New Game+ Hard Classic, almost going into the timeskip.

    Dragon Quest 11S - Just reached Phnom Nohn last night, am in the process of scoping the place out on arrival.  Also, L'academie is a fun place.  SO. MUCH. FRENCH.

    Warhammer 40,000 Mechanicus - I find the characters in this game of grim darkness have a surprising amount of levity in their personalities.  Game's hard as a Golem's head, but very fun.

    All the above are games on my Switch, in game card format.

  6. On 9/2/2020 at 5:39 AM, Plattym3 said:

    Rewarded myself with a little something yesterday. Barely have played my Switch in 6 weeks as kids and wife have taken over the console. Got $150 in thank yous and such from work so invested wisely.

    Might pick up Evoland duology for $5 just because. 3f5a4300ee590acff79359d5a6bf8fea.jpg

    Congratulations, Platty!  Now you can play your own games while Plattette and the droplets do their things!   Let me know what you end up getting for yourself down the road! :D

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  7. 25 minutes ago, cprmauldin said:

    Heck yeah it's time to beat it!

     

    Is this your first run of the game?

    It certainly is.  I just left Nautica with the Green Orb, and arrived at La Academie de Notre Maitre des Medailles, where I left off last night. 

    I'm pressing further forward very shortly.  I like the game, and I like the Tickington Chronicles too. 

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  8. 7 minutes ago, Plattym3 said:

    Welcome back, my furry friend. While I'll admit I didn't miss your smell when it rained (Ick, wet dog), your conversation is always welcome!

    Sorry 'bout that. And just my luck, it's due to rain tomorrow.  *tucks tail between legs, mopes and whines*

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  9. I certainly hope this game gets a release date soon. I loved playing the fanslation 10 years ago, and I wish the game hadn't had the artist licensing issues that kept it from being localized 25 years ago when it was new.  It was and is a good game with unique ideas, even if not every chapter delivers on the same level.  I remember the Robot chapter being a bit of a dry slog, and the modern-day Prize Fighter arc was a tough one, but I love the game in general, and absorbed the full experience.  Can't wait to do it again!

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  10. I've been playing it off and on over the past year, to the point where I've spent over 130 gaming hours on it! I've completed the Blue Lions route and the DLC, and am over halfway through a Golden Deer NG+. I did Normal Classic for Lions,  Hard Classic for DLC and Deer.  I intend to do all the paths available over time.  I love this game to bits, if you couldn't figure from my playtimes. :D

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  11. Ironically, of all the things I've been doing to stay sane as my husband, our roommate, and myself all hunker down and take medical leaves to stay home because 2/3 of us are diabetic  (an underlying condition that elevates our risk of dying of COVID), the one thing I could have done more of, posting here, I've done so little of.    It certainly couldn't hurt me to post here more regularly.  I like this crowd, and wish you all well... hope everyone is managing well enough, regardless of medical situation and give thanks to all who are still working their jobs.

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  12. Hmm... maybe it's finally time for me to beat DQ11S.  I'm just leaving Lonalulu if I recall.  Poor Michelle. 

    I've skimmed the topic and seen very interesting things. Erik's accent is Scandinavian?  Who knew. His accent always reminded me of my New Yorker father-in-law.

    *shrugs* Learn something new every day.

     

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  13. "I've traveled now for many miles
    It feels so good to see the smiles
    Of friends who never left your mind
    When you were far away"

    ~Rivendell, by Rush, off the "Fly by night" album.

    Relaxed so hard I did another Rip Van Winkle and haven't been here in a few months, but I'm going to try to resume my activity here.

    I always think of this as a fun and accepting place to talk of just about anything game-related.  I fall on and off the posting wagon ever now and then.

    Looking forward to resuming chasing the slimes around playfully and digging up golden keys for questing royalty!

     

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  14. 21 minutes ago, DrippySlimeStar said:

    Fear the deer! All of my students that are supposed to be and the extras that don't have a class like Catherine, Shamir, Cyril. I didn't recruit any outside students.

    Ahh.  Any particular reason why not?  I dragged in quite a few Eagles for my playthrough.

  15. On 3/18/2020 at 2:24 PM, DrippySlimeStar said:

    Things seem to be moving quicker in Fire Emblem now. I got to the "mid" point where the "thing" happens. I saw there's 22 chapters and I just got to 13 and the way things are playing out I have a feeling the chapter structure is going to change.

    I've forgotten which house you joined, and also who's in your roster?  I've recently finished a Blue route, and will go back to the game for FE's 30th anniversary towards the end of April.  I'd love to discuss it!

  16. Okay!  About a year and a half later, I finally have the Collector's Edition of this game's US release!

    I haven't kept up with this topic in a while, but I figure I might resurrect it in celebration of it being delivered yesterday.

    The scale of the battles is slightly downgraded, but it still has dozens of units (heroes and their mercenary squads) on the field at any given time.  what changes they made to the systems of the games make it easier to parse, and easier to learn.  Less cumbersome than the original versions.  Being one who prefers Fire Emblem Shadow Dragon for DS by miles over the Famicom original for the same reason, I approve.  Old games are awesome, and I love popping them in for a nostalgia hit, but I appreciate when a remaster that sands off the roughness appears as well.

    I love the remasters of the soundtrack for the most part, and the inclusion of classic and redone art is a great plus, as is the inclusion of the original Mega Drive versions of the music in the game as a toggle option in the settings.

  17. I am currently playing Langrisser I as well.  The game is much more refined and more true to the original than the USA Sega Genesis version, Warsong.  Information is made easier to understand as well, so I can actually enjoy the game on it's many merits instead of struggling with the Genesis' limitations.  The Warsong version also altered some art, content, and names. Rocking soundtrack in both versions though, plus the Genesis OST is included in the remaster, so... yeah!

    I actually sprung for the collector's edition because I wanted the huge amount of bonus materials included.  It ships with 5 CDs of music from the franchise, an artbook, a dozen prints, and the games themselves on a Switch card.

  18. Oh come now, do you really need to ask ME if I like DQ2?!  My hometown is there!

    Seriously though, I DO like the game.  It brought a multiple-member party to the franchise where I had no prior experience with such things and it flipped my mind.  THREE characters at once?  Unheard of to me at 10!  And they were all grandchildren of the first game's hero?  AND they were royalty?!  This was amazing to young me, and the mindboggling size of the world... had I not had extensive information thanks to Nintendo Power and GamePro, I never would have seen the end of it, but I muscled through the passage to Rhone (Sorry, I guess that's Rendarak now? ) and farmed XP in it's snowy fields and taiga for hours to beat Hargon and Malroth.  I believe I was an average level of 26 when I arrived, and average level of 35 when I won!

    Will gladly do so again on the Switch, after beating DQ3 and DQ1 again on same.

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  19. On 2/15/2020 at 3:15 PM, Tiael said:

    I really liked it and I actually liked the ending.

    My only beef really was the lack of Toriyama art, but I did like the style they used.

     

    DQ has been a big fixture in my life over 30 years, and even though it might just be games to some they're a large part of who I am today. Really games in general but DQ got me into gaming.

    The adventures, trials I've had in games shaped my child years and still does. I met the love of my life over 12 years ago in FFXI and we've been living together since July 2009.

    They're real to me, damnit. #$*! you virus and their creator. But hey, I can see why some didn't like it.

     

    I had the twist at the end spoiled for me, and still enjoyed the movie, twist and all.  Even shared the movie with a couple of friends on the 14th.  (Happy Birthday to me!) 

    I was still on board with the movie with it's virus final bad guy, and Luca spouting about the power of the story over him and all... but something in my brain just tuned out when Gootrude revealed himself as an anti-virus measure.  I don't care that he turned into Erdrick's sword in a pivotal moment of triumph.  His reveal at end made me do a mental eye-roll and think "Okay, the virtual world twist I could take... the power of story and friendship, Etc.  That's half the reason I watch anime in the first place... but something about this final twist is a touch too much even for me!"

    Oh well.  I still loved the voyage, and even the cheesy reveal of Doctor Agon I would have seen a mile away even if I had NOT played DQ6. 

    Pluses to the movie include the generous and wise use of many iconic music pieces from DQ history, and the splendid render of the Zenithian Sword.  Also the comical reveal that the protag is not the true wielder of the sword.   *wah-wah trumpet*

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