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2 hours ago, Plattym3 said:

Suikoden came to a screeching hault a week or two ago. Maybe I'll get into it again now that...

Finished off a brand new game called Infinite Adventures. Luckily it was 40ish hours (and I rushed it), not as infinite as the name implies. It's basically an EO clone for PC/Xbox/PS4. Really really enjoyed it. Such good voice acting! Took today off work to finish it and did so after a marathon 10pm-5am play last night and this morning. Going to review it for RPGamer. It's either a 3.5 or 4 out of 5 which is either good or great on their scale. We'll see how the writing of the review goes, but I really liked the game.

Suikoden may get time, but I'm definitely back into DQXI. Did a couple hours today & knocked out 4 sidequests. Enjoying it all over again after a break, and some of these sidequests battles are TOUGH!

Agreed on the side quest battles. There are some nasty ones thrown into the mix while out and about.

Maybe you’ll get back to Suikoden 1 when I get back to Suikoden 2. I was really enjoying Suikoden 2, but...I don’t know. Just up and stopped and switched to something else. Now my attention is on DQ11 again and Darkest Dungeon. And playing Darkest Dungeon again makes me want to replay Bloodborne again!

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Agreed on the side quest battles. There are some nasty ones thrown into the mix while out and about.
Maybe you’ll get back to Suikoden 1 when I get back to Suikoden 2. I was really enjoying Suikoden 2, but...I don’t know. Just up and stopped and switched to something else. Now my attention is on DQ11 again and Darkest Dungeon. And playing Darkest Dungeon again makes me want to replay Bloodborne again!
Fighting the Mermen one today was almost a wipe. Damn King of Mermen getting 4 attacks in a row because I guess it was end and then start of a round was horrible! Cleared out my starting line and had to go to secondary people. And him having Kazing. Damn.
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18 minutes ago, Plattym3 said:

Fighting the Mermen one today was almost a wipe. Damn King of Mermen getting 4 attacks in a row because I guess it was end and then start of a round was horrible! Cleared out my starting line and had to go to secondary people. And him having Kazing. Damn.

Yeah, that battle sucked. I tried to help clear out the King’s helpers with Kaboomle (and possible double casts from the one using it) but the King decided he needed to kill of that character ASAP. 😑

The worst one I’ve dealt with in post game is the dragon in the Snaerfelt. He gets 3 turns, loves paralysis breath attacks, and his body slam attack seems to ignore Buff/Kabuff. It’s because of him I ended up moving on with the post game story and will go back later once I’ve gained some levels/better equipment.

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Yeah, that battle sucked. I tried to help clear out the King’s helpers with Kaboomle (and possible double casts from the one using it) but the King decided he needed to kill of that character ASAP.
The worst one I’ve dealt with in post game is the dragon in the Snaerfelt. He gets 3 turns, loves paralysis breath attacks, and his body slam attack seems to ignore Buff/Kabuff. It’s because of him I ended up moving on with the post game story and will go back later once I’ve gained some levels/better equipment.
What level is your party at?
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2 minutes ago, Plattym3 said:

What level is your party at?

Level 71 - 77. I don’t know how exactly Serena is only at level 71 though.

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6 minutes ago, Plattym3 said:

Probably has to do with your "boys" comment earlier today. emoji12.png
 

Or she probably kept dying in random fights. What’s weird is that in Act 2 she was the same level as everyone, so I’m not sure what’s happened.

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Or she probably kept dying in random fights. What’s weird is that in Act 2 she was the same level as everyone, so I’m not sure what’s happened.
True. I drew that Mermen battle out longer than it needed to be to revive everyone so they'd get all the EXP. It was a decent about but only Selena got the level up. It'd take massive amounts of battles to separate the levels that much. Very odd.
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44 minutes ago, YangustheLegendaryBandit said:

I don’t know how exactly Serena is only at level 71 though.

She was my lowest in the Japanese playthru and the localized one, must be just her. Also on Sylv I maxed out his skill tree way early (in the Japanese version and only have 2 left in the localized version at level 73), wish you could donate points to other characters.

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6 minutes ago, Woodus said:

She was my lowest in the Japanese playthru and the localized one, must be just her. Also on Sylv I maxed out his skill tree way early (in the Japanese version and only have 2 left in the localized version at level 73), wish you could donate points to other characters.

Did you unlock his Chivalry skill set? He’s at level 75 for me and he still has a number of skills he needs to learn

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4 minutes ago, YangustheLegendaryBandit said:

Did you unlock his Chivalry skill set? He’s at level 75 for me and he still has a number of skills he needs to learn

I don't remember which ones I have left, they are on the right and right top, could be 3 of the, all 20+ point skills

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Getting really far in King's Field IV... This game is truly amazing.

I often hear people passing off the KF games as mediocre and cumbersome dungeon crawlers that only exist as a curiosity to see where Dark Souls came from, but honestly, these are insanely good games that deserve to be played. Or at least two of the four games really do.

The level design is mind blowingly good. The dark (mostly) underground world just comes together and alive in a subtle, well thought out manner that only From Software is able to pull off. The atmosphere is crazy thick, and I'm constantly excited for what I will find around the next corner. It does many of the Dark Souls tropes long before Dark Souls, and on certain occasions it does them better, too.

I hope this game never ends.

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Finally started playing my copy of Paper Mario: Sticker Star this past week. My assessment is more or less identical to what I know of the general opinion.

It's not a wholly bad game, but it's a mostly negative one -- there's almost nothing about it that isn't a mixed bag. The aesthetic is a big issue I don't actually mind the popup-book aesthetic, never have, and there is one particularly charming moment when you cause the background to topple over, but there is a colossal cheapening of the concept by rubbing all the "paper" in your face. The story is terrible, which is unfortunate, because the story was basically the only good thing about Super Paper Mario, and there are basically no characters of note. Kersti as the conventionally feminine but often aggressive helper-fairy, is a direct retread of Starlow of the Mario and Luigi series.

I have to take a moment to express mixed feelings about assigning blame here. Shigeru Miyamoto is the one who holds ultimate responsibility for these, but his insistence on removing the story and keeping the cast limited to Mario characters I find absolutely sympathetic. It's exactly a reaction to Super Paper Mario, which was heavily weighed down by its combination of epic but long-winded and self-indulgent story and clop-along platforming. I have some not insignificant issues with the SPM story, which, while not inherently bad, has nothing to do with Mario.  It doesn't even pretend to -- you could easily swap in literally anybody else, designate him the Legendary Hero, and have the same plot. So I sympathize, but this is the exact opposite error. The story is important, and Sticker Star gives us nothing in particular to enjoy. The creative designs are all gone, the characterization and development, too. (Shigeru Miyamoto, in his devotion to fun gameplay, forgets that art and story can be fun, too).

And now the gameplay. It's bad, no other way to put it. Not because it's different (though Paper Mario's chief sin is constantly trying to fix what wasn't broken), but because the design encourages you not to play. The key feature failure is the combat, which on its own would be mediocre (this version of the action command system is complicated and unwieldy), but comes with an insubstantial reward system ensures you provides no real progress while you use up your stickers and risk your health and wealth -- to fight is to ensure loss and only maybe gain something in return. Hell, the ideal strategy is to stock up on resources before embarking on the next level and avoiding as much combat as possible; the only reason you actually have to willingly engage in the combat is because the story, sidequests, and occasionally awkward placement require it of you.

(I will take another moment to acknowledge the gameplay is not Miyamoto's direct fault -- the developers decided on this direction, though only because Miyamoto overplayed his hand and insisted it be less like The Thousand Year Door).

There's good things about it. The art is a solid return to style, flaccid sense of humor notwithstanding. SPM's art style was disjointed and uncomfortable -- the cartoonish design of the residents of Mario's world was jarringly out of place with the super-geometric style of literally everything else. The facial expressions have improved, which is nice. The music is solid, and the real-time updates between arrangements are fun. The level designs and non-combat gameplay are actually pretty engaging -- you are no longer punished for exploring -- and would actually fit well into standard Super Mario fair. But these all remain secondary to the core combat, which is awful.

It's a shame, because I love Mario stuff, but I can't find it in me to really recommend it to you unless you're one of the hardest-core of Paper Mario fans, who insist on playing it for completeness' sake.

You know, like me.

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Recently began World of Final Fantasy Maxima Edition for Switch.  It's... about what I was lead to expect.  It's good... and I love when it nods to the past of the series, like starting you off in Cornelia after the tutorial quests,

By far the worst thing about it is Tama's speech.  Her voice is fine, but her the-habit of inserting "the" in her sentences at the-every opportunity (like so), oi... makes me want to stop wagging and growl.  Nearly everything else is fine by me, even the chibified versions of everything.  the pokemon-style mechanics of catching classic Final Fantasy monsters could've maybe done without the extra step of needing to perform a specific action on said monsters to make it catchable ( like some need to be hit with specific types of move, others need to be actually healed or buffed... they get weird).  I like the gameplay even though the staking mechanic is odd... and I like the music.  Specifically the town plaza music is a big hit with me. 

Also played Deltarune Chapter 1 recently.  Yes, I admit it: I'm Undertale fan trash.  :)

 

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Yo, you guys should be play Pathfinder kingmaker there coming out with a huge patch soon, it’s an awesome game, New styles up D&D. Also probably going to pick up Baldur gate don’t know whether to get the original or enhanced edtiton well see.

Another question the only JRPGS I have played are DW/DW and octopath, I prefer western CRPGs, however, I like DQ because it’s what got me into RPGs in the first place but any JRPG you recommend for me? Would like to play more.

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Yo, you guys should be play Pathfinder kingmaker there coming out with a huge patch soon, it’s an awesome game, New styles up D&D. Also probably going to pick up Baldur gate don’t know whether to get the original or enhanced edtiton well see.
Another question the only JRPGS I have played are DW/DW and octopath, I prefer western CRPGs, however, I like DQ because it’s what got me into RPGs in the first place but any JRPG you recommend for me? Would like to play more.
Grandia gamss for the PS1 & PS2.
Final Fantasy games from FF1 to FF6 are analogous to earlier DQ games.
Any specific systems you want to play on?

Been playing a dancing game for a bit, but also RPGing:

DQXI hit over 100 hours. Well into Act 3. I think I could be considered close to the end boss, but I'll probably spend 20+ more hours doing trials and sidequests. Levels are around 70 now.

About 5 hours into Alliance Alive as well. Liking this game quite a bit. I'm a sucker for the game graphics style. I did enjoy Legend of Legacy until near end game and this is similar and maybe has a system to avoid what killed me on LoL, so we'll see how this goes!
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2 minutes ago, Plattym3 said:

Grandia gamss for the PS1 & PS2.
Final Fantasy games from FF1 to FF6 are analogous to earlier DQ games.
Any specific systems you want to play on?

Been playing a dancing game for a bit, but also RPGing:

DQXI hit over 100 hours. Well into Act 3. I think I could be considered close to the end boss, but I'll probably spend 20+ more hours doing trials and sidequests. Levels are around 70 now.

About 5 hours into Alliance Alive as well. Liking this game quite a bit. I'm a sucker for the game graphics style. I did enjoy Legend of Legacy until near end game and this is similar and maybe has a system to avoid what killed me on LoL, so we'll see how this goes!

Meanwhile Suikoden 1 is sitting in the corner all sad and alone. You’re never gonna beat me at finishing Suikoden 2 by this point. 😜

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I’ve gotten back into Suikoden 2. Made a good bit of progress (though I don’t know if I’m at the halfway point) and my ever growing crew of characters includes returning facing, new folks, and now a group of flying squirrels called the Squirrel Squad. That last one just makes me laugh every time cause it was just unexpected but just works.

What isn’t funny is Prince Luca Blight, the main villain. Pardon my French, but Jesus #$*!ing Christ this guy is insane. A story event surrounding the royal family of Highland (where Luca is from) just occurred, and YIKES. This man is truly a monster. The revelation why he’s like that does make sense and would understandably make anyone go crazy, but the way he pulled off his revenge...damn! Didn’t expect that.

I can see why many consider him one of the best villains from an RPG.

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I've been going off and on between Miitopia and DQ5. But I'm honestly just grinding my characters unnecessarily in both, so...eh. Not really progressive, but it's something.

Currently in Miitopia (I restarted my game, don't judge) I'm at Greenhorne Castle and now on a mission to escort the Prince of a Nearby Land. My team consists of: Violet, a level 12 cautious thief. Tristan, a level 11 laid-back warrior. Holly, a level 11 stubborn cleric. Silverfire, a level 11 airheaded mage. To sum up the relationships, I made sure everyone had at least 6 so they could at least help each other attack in battle. I feel like grinding some more, since I know what's coming up soon... (Tbh I also like the spicy drama going on between Violet, Tristan, and Silverfire. My game appears to ship both Violet/Tristan and Violet/Silverfire at the same time. Strange, that didn't happen last time- nevermind, it did. I remember now.)

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I ended up recruiting a character named Badeaux in Suikoden 2, and as a gift from him for joining I ended up getting these 2 items called Listening Crystals. Turns out said crystals let you recruit special monster/animal party members, and better yet they actually count as part of the 108 Stars of Destiny! One of them was a griffin named Feather who you end up saving, which is awesome because how many RPGs let you recruit a griffin?

And then the other was a unicorn named Sigfried. The guy (or horse?) is a questionable creature, especially for a unicorn, which are supposed to be creatures of purity. Only shows up if you have a female party member in the active party, but only if he “likes” said party member. Never thought I’d see “the old man who’s a bit of a pervert,” RPG trope be applied to a unicorn!

 

Both are welcome additions to the ever growing party as they hit HARD. Monster/animal allies can’t equip any armor or accessories, but what they lack in equipment they make up for in high stats. I’ve used Shiro the white wolf (who you get early in the game)  at various points of the game and he took the same amount of damage as someone who was geared with the latest armor. So Feather and Sigfried can take a lot more damage since they are 2 slot characters, hit harder, and are all around well balanced. Of course, the drawback is you can’t have a full party of 6 if you have one or both with you, but they can make up for this lack of extra members with the right runes and other party members, Badeaux being a great party member to team them up with.

I greatly enjoy the customization options this game provides. The game has many ways to craft a party to your exact liking, or the means to try out various parties as you play. Yangus approves of this.

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22 hours ago, YangustheLegendaryBandit said:

 

And then the other was a unicorn named Sigfried. The guy (or horse?) is a questionable creature, especially for a unicorn, which are supposed to be creatures of purity. Only shows up if you have a female party member in the active party, but only if he “likes” said party member. Never thought I’d see “the old man who’s a bit of a pervert,” RPG trope be applied to a unicorn!

Clearly you haven't watched enough Robot Chicken.  C. George Lowe (Space Ghost Coast to Coast) voices a really pervy unicorn in there!

Anyway, I've been inspired by a friend to play my copy of Vagrant Story on PS2 for a while.  Aside from one unfortunate Game Over just 20 yards away from a save room, I've been liking it a LOT so far.  I admit 21 year old me wouldn't have enjoyed it so much, but fortunately, present-day me does!  Pretty valid challenge here, Living and dying by the strength of my timing and skill, to a Hitoshi Sakimoto soundtrack.

Any other VS fans out there?

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26 minutes ago, The Dog of Zahan said:

Clearly you haven't watched enough Robot Chicken.  C. George Lowe (Space Ghost Coast to Coast) voices a really pervy unicorn in there!

I have seen that. I was moreso talking about in video games, hence why I brought up that RPG trope. 😗

Plus Sigfried is nowhere near as bad as the one from Robot Chicken. He’s tame by comparison.

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