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General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« Last post by Aeolus on December 02, 2018, 07:03:05 AM »
Besides, there's a pretty good image that shows that they don't even need to add something like 6 stars anymore- they're already in the game.

Sure. Be pedantic why don't you....


That said, yeah. Guys like Surtr are essentially Armors BST Level 3 and that's probably where they're likely to go with this (and if that's the case then merges are hella safe; which would surprise the crap outta me, as I expected something wholly more scummy than just raise the BST and leave our woes, and early projects and/or money, behind). Of course, I'd rather have a larger sample pool of tier 3 BSTs (i.e. Surtr and Loki) before I go rushing off to grind units into merges just yet.

Still, what I was going for was more along the lines of providing an avenue to mass access to 4th tier skills beyond the current drip feed via whale bait (even though that describes the Skill situation pretty succinctly thus far; so few skills since launch have made it past 5 star lock, let alone the ones that aren't stranded on Seasonals or other limited run characters) or at least an avenue for dumb shit like Threaten Atk 4 or Defiant Atk 4, or other such effectively discontinued skills (they might even be able to fix some of them to not be completely worthless like they did with the Fortress skills).

At any rate, my biggest hope for Book 3 at this rate is basically availability of Year 1 Seasonals (in a fashion that isn't quite as tight-fisted as Grail War(rior)s) at 3-4 stars that'll finally open up some of the otherwise 5 star locked or Seasonal stranded skills. Besides, Year 1 Fall and Winter Seasonals are still pretty good (although everything prior to Year 1's Dancers are by-and-large crap aside from rare skill access like Bunny Lucina or Bride Lyn).

My biggest problem right now though is the question of what the devs plans for early Book 3 are. Book 2 brought Forges which have been generally decent, Legendaries plus their cumbersome Blessings, and eventually the mass demotion; but what are Book 3's plans? 8 more Legendaries, Beastformers... and Fire Emblem? (oh wait, that one's already in the game, thanks Star Lord). They need something more than just the Grail War(rior)s, especially as they haven't given us a good source of Grails yet (when only the top whales are getting 90 a week from the one available source we have so far (once people start actually reaching Tier 21 in a couple of weeks); which isn't even enough for one of these limited count units at their base cost, nevermind the rapidly escalating costs of subsequent purchases).


Also I haven't gotten a +10 for a while, but that's mostly because the units I'm merging up have not been showing up or have neutral IVs so I've been keeping them at like +6-8. Since Cecilia's been doing so much work in AR though, I thought she was deserving of me dropping my stock of feathers for (also I lost one match where she simply got overwhelmed by too many fucking units, so the extra merges will help):

And yeah, Cecilia still manages to roll over a great deal of the meta, somehow. I should've joined her and Eliwood to the hip instead of her and Camus and Eliwood and Ursula (albeit the latter is still rather humorous given the context of FE7).

Admittedly, I've also been kicking around the idea of slapping her Gronnraven+ tome onto someone else. The only problem is that aside from Boey, Soren or Merric, I can't really see anyone else wanting that niche over their current stuff, and/or are available enough to merge to +10 (hell the only Green Mages that have BST tier 2 so far are Lewyn, Rhajat, Sky Nino, Bride Sanaki and Spring Sharena), and these three aren't what I would consider to be an 'upgrade' (Boey has crap for Spd and an all-over-the-place stat spread otherwise; Merric has garbo Atk and Res that even TA3 couldn't do enough to fix; Soren would rather run his Gronnowl+Chill Atk 3 tome instead; and none of them have the convenience of Horse Emblem buffs).

That said, AR can still bite me, as I'm still sore over one match that brutally stonewalled me. Its pretty fucking ridiculous when a +1 Miccy, or a Cecilia with stats and skills much like you posted + full Horse Emblem boosts, can't even scratch a Blue Armor despite the complete lack of Svalinn's Shield, nevermind the other three Armors, also without Svalinn Shields, and also returning goose eggs for the most part (Miccy did blow up FaMyrrh easily enough). Even Aversa wouldn't have helped due to their massive HP pools. Granted, I still could've won the match had I 12 or so turns to slowly pry the enemy apart (and away from the Defensive Terrain) so that I could chip them to death, but cie la vie.


As for my progress, even though I like this Forging Bonds a bit better since it isn't just showing off whatever the newest banner units are, as you said it's still a pretty big Summoner wankfest. When it's all said and done we still really don't learn that much about the characters. But like I said, hopefully they'll shift to doing this format for Forging Bonds more often, it's still an improvement, albeit a small one.

Unfortunately, I can't see Forging Bonds improving much further for a long while to come. They always feel like they're designed around the banner rather than around the units. Kind of the same problem VGs have with their match ups (aside from every other fundamental fuck up VG sports).

Also, this game is like perpetually six months behind in everything it does.


Pretty cool the franchise is doing well enough to have its own expo I suppose, but I'm more on the side of suspecting this means another delay for Three Houses. Either that, or this will take place just before it's released and they'll simultaneously give us some kind of remake announcement.

At least I can understand the radio silence in reEdelgards to Three Horse since the series traditionally has that problem of discussing things that could lead to a case of a game featuring Sir 'Not Appearing in This Picture', due to cuts wrought by system limitations (FE4), overambition (FE5) or things not fitting in well in general (Fates DLC). In that context, I feel that Tea Houses is further along than many are suspecting, and we might start getting a signal by January or thereabouts. Though I wouldn't mind a delay either if it saves us from a repeat of Fates. My alternate guess to what I posted edited above would be FEWarriors 2: Lance Bugaloo (or YHWH help us, Tensei Megami Shin: #Switch Edition ("Featuring Dante from the Devil May Cry Series")).

Either way we'll know more by this time next week (isn't that how it always is).


Edit: At least I'm ending AR on a high-ish note this week. No Casualties, no Aether left behind, and unless I miss my guess, no Lyft loss for today (that or I have yet to attract the whales; depends on what day that Successful Defense fell on). The only thing I could wish for from today was to actually clear the AR Tier 15 hurdle, instead of being -100 Lyft short.


AREdit: I don't know if its the band-aid over the the rest of this mode's ruthless stupidity or just complete bullshit, but getting docked 300 Lyft just because of a session transition is incredibly fucking irritating. You might as well not even try after you secure your highest available rank.


ForgEdit: Oh hey. The Whitewings are finally getting new weapons. Also Ogma, Navarre and the Robins. They might just finally get me to 5 star Navarre (so far, the only GHeB unit I don't have a 5 star of, for obvious reasons). That's 22 of the 80 inheritable/non-Seasonal weapon users introduced within the first six months that have received personal refines (meanwhile every Prf from launch until CYL1 have reforges except; Durandal, Armads, Tyrfing, Naga (although they still have evolutions), both Raijintos, Dark Aura/Excalibur, Gradivus, Siegfried, the Dire Thunders, either Ragnell, or the Cursed Lance). We're finally over the one-quarter mark for Refines.


VGEdit: Its that time of month again, and lol, Muspell has flamed out already. I'm still on Fjorm because I don't want to waste as much of my time on this game as I used to.


TappaEdit: So for the first time in months/since near its inception, Tappa Lab is not active. Also, the lack of anything resembling personalities did not save the older Nifls from burning up. Meanwhile sales figures took a big hit over November (...gee, I wonder why...).


ExpoEdit: As promised, some new info has surfaced about this, and it sounds like just another concert and little else. Nothing that looks to be about anything regarding Edelgard or her Three Houses. It does have some art stuffs on FE5 though, but mostly due to being close to its 20th release anniversary, and not necessarily leading to anything like a Echoes of Thracia announcement or similar nonsense. I guess the up side to all of this is that we might hear something in regards to FE3H sooner than May, especially now that the Year of Smash is finally over (pending those last 4 DLC characters).
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General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« Last post by Hathen on December 02, 2018, 12:33:06 AM »
Pretty cool the franchise is doing well enough to have its own expo I suppose, but I'm more on the side of suspecting this means another delay for Three Houses. Either that, or this will take place just before it's released and they'll simultaneously give us some kind of remake announcement.

Light/Shadow seasons is only half a surprise, it's obvious they would've found some way to continue whalebaiting, and adding another two rows to the Legendary chart is probably one of the less shitty options they could've given us (unless Light/Dark ends up being its own type of unit somehow, and they might announce something entirely separate anyway). Besides, there's a pretty good image that shows that they don't even need to add something like 6 stars anymore- they're already in the game.

As for my progress, even though I like this Forging Bonds a bit better since it isn't just showing off whatever the newest banner units are, as you said it's still a pretty big Summoner wankfest. When it's all said and done we still really don't learn that much about the characters. But like I said, hopefully they'll shift to doing this format for Forging Bonds more often, it's still an improvement, albeit a small one.

Also I haven't gotten a +10 for a while, but that's mostly because the units I'm merging up have not been showing up or have neutral IVs so I've been keeping them at like +6-8. Since Cecilia's been doing so much work in AR though, I thought she was deserving of me dropping my stock of feathers for (also I lost one match where she simply got overwhelmed by too many fucking units, so the extra merges will help):



Also also, I pulled a free Helbendi from the VG banner, but he's -ATK +SPD of course, so I guess I can make one of my Green units an Arena scorestick instead. The obvious choice would be Nino since I have her at +10 anyway, but she has no Prf and I get the feeling she won't have one anytime soon, so I'll hold onto him until that happens or I finish randomly merging up Bartre or something.
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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (no not X)
« Last post by Aeolus on December 01, 2018, 12:58:33 AM »
So apparently, in true Smash Bros fashion, Mythra's Spirit got pretty heavily censored. She now looks like this:



The reason why this is significant is because Monolithsoft are made of cool dudes who have turned around and are implementing this as a free costume for XBC2 players. Of course, its an Aux Core like the other costumes, but this one in particular also comes with a +25% Crit rate increase (to again match SSBU's treatment of the character).
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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Last post by Arvis on November 30, 2018, 02:34:02 PM »
Octopath Traveler

Primrose got Giant Boar'd.  She'll need to recuperate on the sidelines for a bit.  That means H'aanit stays in the lineup for a while longer.

Still not to Borderfall yet!  Just did a couple sidequests.  This is how slowly I have to play games.  Grr.

Still, doing the sidequests led to me a nice moment where the game told me "You Summoned Lost Grandfather".  Never thought I would do that.
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General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2018
« Last post by Arvis on November 30, 2018, 09:56:56 AM »
Gotta try for a 1 game/month average.

That's the dream!  Although with my only exclusively playing long RPGs, finishing one every two months is hardly doable.  Maybe at the end of December I'll list my "half-finished" games at the bottom of my completion list here.
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General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2018
« Last post by Frostillicus on November 30, 2018, 09:24:16 AM »
1) Wild Arms 2
2) Pac Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2
3) Mario Galaxy 2
4) Suikoden 2
5) Ratchet & Clank Future: A Butt Crack in Time
6) Horizon Zero Dawn
7) Lego City: Undercover
8) DoA 5: Last Round
9) Dragon Age: Inquisition

10) Tales o' Berseria - Finished at roughly 65 hours. Completed most of the sidequests and minigames (I still have no idea how Character Cards works, but I beat all of the players).. Played on Moderate difficulty almost the whole time.
I enjoyed the dark twist on the story, but Velvet's angst felt a bit forced at times. Especially early in the game (although that may be because I got used to it over time). The mid-game lull where you are looking for earthpulse points felt a bit dragged out, and fetchy/backtracky. However, things really picked up upon the return to Velvet's hometown. The characters are likeable enough. None of them really stood out, but none of them annoyed me, either. I enjoyed the camaraderie.
I liked the battle system for most of the game. Very fluid, but Graces f is still my hero in that department. I say "most of the game", because I honestly got a bit tired of Braseria's battling after a certain point. I'll admit for the last 15% of the game or so, I let the AI handle most non-boss fights. It seemed to do a much better job that my button-mashing ass ever could anyway. Fun to watch.
In the end, I feel it's a good Tales game. I enjoyed it, but it felt a little too long to me. Mainly because of said mid-game lull. I don't consider it a landmark entry, but I enjoyed it more than Xillia and Graces f (aside from the latter's battle system, of course).

11) Ratchet & Clank [PS4] - Like every other Ratchet game I've played: Fun as hell; way too short. This is the closest they've gotten to the "like playing a Pixar movie" claim.


Gotta try for a 1 game/month average.
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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Last post by Rucks on November 28, 2018, 06:18:07 PM »
torchlight II is still awesome and I still don't have enough free time to finish it

currently on Act III
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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Last post by Arvis on November 28, 2018, 01:07:25 PM »
Octopath Traveler

Have now recruited Ophilia, the Cleric.  Definitely cried a little during her backstory.  Very sweet and touching.  I was very curious what her "Path Action" would be; she recruits NPCs, like Primrose.  Ok then.  I guess I was complaining about only being able to have one NPC, so... cool!  Ophilia's works a little differently than Prim's, though.  While the Dancer has a % chance to "Allure", Ophy "Guides" people with 100% success rate... as long as she is high enough level.  If not, then no chance.  So Prim's has an element of risk attached to it (you can lose reputation in town if you fail too often) while Ophy's does not.

I found an NPC in Ophilia's hometown, Flamesgrace, whose ability was something called "Wisdom of the Church".  Sounded awesome so I had to use him; turns out that move is a nice multi-stat buff.  Once you summon him and get the buff (on a random character, it seems) he sticks around and does a two-hit Fire elemental attack, which also helped against a few enemies.  This game is freaking awesome.

Time to go do up some sidequests and such and then it's off to Bolderfall!
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General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« Last post by Aeolus on November 28, 2018, 06:09:33 AM »
Welp. Just cleaned house on this banner. Hrid (+HP/-Def), Bowcina (+Def/-HP), and even that goddamn F!Grima who had been evading me on every goddamn Leg banner since March (+Atk/-Def). Also picked up a Nina (+Res/-Def), a Summer Cordelia (+Atk/-Def) and a spare Laevatein (+Atk/-Def) for good measure. Not bad on 70 Orbs.

Now to kick back and relax for the next 11+ hours when Book 3 starts. Suppose I should at least try for Surtr for the next VG as its going to be House Nifl vs House Muspell (it might suck since I don't have Laegjarn or Helbindi; but at least I have Ylgr and two Laevateins).


Edit: Book 3 did not start. I am disappoint. We don't even get a calendar for our troubles (nor I, a Surtr).

Meanwhile, Nifl Bonds still manages to spend far too much time jerking off the Summoner.


Editer: In a whoopise-daisy moment, Learn with Sharena let slip the existence of Light and Shadow seasons (who would've thunk that I could actually learn something from that). So if you're worried about Eliwood or Elincia not getting a Legendary alt, there's good news in that regard as there will be roughly 5 more slots to squeeze them in after all (not 8 of course because we're going to need the room for most of Book 3's OCs).

This also makes me hopeful about that 4 star Spoopy Henry they showed earlier in the month.


Edit to my Editer: Dropped 4 orbs on the VG banner for a +Atk/-Spd Laegjarn. She'll lose a few more Spd matchups but is otherwise effectively neutral. That should enable me to cover the spread at least. Addendum: Managed to also cash in on that 4.0 multiplier on the Ylgr and Surtr banner for a Surtr right after clearing Hrid Infernal. Sadly Surtr is +HP/-Def which is a poor trade and the end of my run of passable to good IVs.

Post Script: Might as well mention it here rather than necro up the thread on the SPR board, but IntSys announced an FE Event for Star Wars Day in JP. Kinda significant given how much further this goes over the various Directs, concerts and Cipher (that FE card game; not to be confused with that other FE card game, such as it was) events that the series has held in the past. For one, we're likely to finally get some follow up information in regards to Edgelord's Treehouse (nearly a full goddamn year after the last snippet of pre-release info). For another, the date of May 4th is rather suspiciously close to May 14th which was the release date of FE4, so an Echoes of Jugdral announcement might also be in the cards. But the most likely culprit will be either an Awakening or FEH anime announcement + trailer or something, because that's the kind of thing these Events are typically for in Japan.

Foot Note (not in APA because screw it, I ain't in college anymore): http://www.siliconera.com/2018/11/30/fire-emblem-expo-announced-for-may-4-2019-in-japan/
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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Last post by Rook on November 27, 2018, 10:07:16 PM »
Yea the Banner Saga Trilogy is just amazing. Other than the fact there is sparse voice acting in it (pity because the VAs did a great job), it just nails SRPG gameplay, art style and story. As far as SPRGs go, next to VC1 its my all time favorite.
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