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Single-Player RPGs / Your favourite Dragon Quest game
« on: November 12, 2019, 02:48:52 PM »
Well here's a long-running classic role-playing series I'm sure a lot of us have played. I'm interested in knowing the community's top picks for this beloved series.

I was a latecomer to the series starting with IX for the DS back in 2010. I was instantly hooked finding myself carefully investing in skillpoints, crafting lots of great gear in the alchemy pot, questing and having a good time with the class system. Other games would soon follow.

The next entry I played would also happen to be my top pick, Dragon Quest VIIII Journey of the Cursed King. In terms of presentation I really liked the cel-shaded graphics for a PS2 game and the orchestral soundtrack( if we're talking international version) was such a joy to listen to. As for gameplay I really enjoyed most of the dungeons(i.e. dragon graveyard), boss fights, unleashing high tension during tough fights,concentration on a small cast of characters, recruiting monsters and the fact just like in other entries you're curiosity to explore pays off big time. Similairly to IX, I liked crafting powerful gear such as the mid-game demon spear or reaching just the right amount of skillpoints in a character notably mp reductions for hero. While I don't think it has the best story in the series it was nice and simple to follow. Lastly, I do hope to check out the 3ds edition one day to check out the extra stuff added.

I recently played Dragon Quest 11 s and it did pose a serious contender for the top spot. Peps and forginging felt like proper evolutions of tension and alchemy pot. The cast was likable and balanced. Very overwhelming in terms of content and it awesome to visit past locations in DQ games.  Hits most of the right notes in crafting a classic style rpg.

So far I've played some form of 3-9 and 11. I do hope to check out some of the spinoffs one day especially the monsters series as I really liked recruiting monsters in 5 and 8.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: November 11, 2019, 10:32:10 PM »
Haven't posted in a while. Time to share what I've been playing this long weekend.

Played through Pokemon Sun recently. Picked Popplio as my starter this run. Had a blast  revisiting the region of Alola.

Back at it in Super Mario Maker 2. Aiming for the clear 500 courses achievement.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: September 01, 2019, 02:53:44 PM »
Beat Super Mario Maker 2's story mode this weekend. Loved the creative level design and multiple styles of Mario you can play.Now I'm playing user created levels. Favourite user created levels are definitely New Donk Festival and Super Castlevania Bros.Big toss up between this game and FE Three Houses as my GOTY. One's platforming bliss while the other is a stellar srpg.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pokemon
« on: August 07, 2019, 11:49:18 PM »
^ priceless

Watched the latest trailer a few moments ago. Posion/fairy was one type combination I've been hoping for. Could stall a lot of types with that combination . dark/electric is another one I was hoping for. Hope the rodent turns out to be good.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem: [s]Tree[/s] Three Houses
« on: August 07, 2019, 07:49:15 PM »
Got one of the endings over the weekend. Overall, I was very satisfied with the game.

Regarding story elements I felt the world building and cast was a big improvement over Fates. To me it really did feel like a modern take on Genealogy of the Holy War.

As for gameplay I loved how weapon ranks were handled in this game as there were now multiple ways to raise them, plus they served as prerequisites for unlocking classes and more skills. Also, did anyone find it odd or notice how all the cavalry classes required some proficiency in lances including bow knights(which historically used swords on the side)?

I think on my next playthrough I will check out the Blue Lions route.


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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: July 26, 2019, 11:24:49 PM »
Also started Fire Emblem Three Houses today. I also picked Golden Eagles. Completed the second bandit battle so far.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Shining History
« on: July 24, 2019, 08:27:41 PM »
I didn't play Fire Emblem till way after Shining Force and the whole idea of permadeath was frightening. I still prefer SF over FE because if I /need/ to, I can grind a few levels. (Mind you, I do still love FE as well!)
I'm the opposite as I started with the Fire Emblem series. Despite the omission of permadeath I like that the games still offered a challenge. I've already brought up the kraken battle in SF2 in another post. Some characters can get 1 hit ko'd by spells or strong attacks if you're not too careful.

Two things I forgot to mention in my first post in this thread is game balance and promotion. Back to FE I vastly prefer using mages in the SF games due to the affect magic is area-effect level 2 and up. So satisfying to annihilate a cluster of foes thanks to one character. Warriors are much more enjoyable to use than armor knights because double attacks are random, don't have to worry about effective damage and the ai in some games prioritizing attacking them.The way promotion works in this series is also interesting since level gains might be better if you hold off promoting. Lots of arguments can be made for promoting some characters super early or late.

Fire Emblem is, generally speaking, kind enough to let you muddle your way through even if you play suboptimally (the earlier games at least have a tendency to throw a ready made endgame character or weapon to help you through the final chapter/boss). In fact, they generally play better when you aren't trying to follow a guide to the letter.
Yeah the FE series definitely does throw the player a bone in some way towards beating the game.  Book of Naga definitely comes to mind.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Shining History
« on: July 22, 2019, 09:22:55 PM »
Great video. There was a lot I didn't know about the history of this series.

I got into the Force games a decade ago with the release of Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection for PS3/360. I didn't know what I was getting into when I picked the games out from the collection, but the name Shining Force sounded cool so I booted it up. Since I love strategy rpgs it was right up my alley. Shining Force 2, which is how one should approach a sequel now stands as my favourite Genesis title and is a potential top 20 game of all time.

Some things that stood out for me while playing this series are the fact centaurs are you cavalry, omission of permadeath, nice blend of sci-fi with high fantasy(i.e. the ancients) and many of the classes are cool especially mastermonk.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: July 20, 2019, 06:32:53 PM »
Haven't played much FE in anticipation of Three Houses but I am currently revising Fates Birthright. Not much out of the ordinary this playthrough, but I do plan to play Azura and Azama's paralogues as I've never done them before.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: July 08, 2019, 09:23:26 PM »
Bought a Switch yesterday from a friend that wanted to part with his. Atm I'm playing New Super Mario Bros Deluxe. So far its been a solid platforming experience and the level design feels much better than NSMB2. Recently completed the ice world. I was stuck on the boo house in that world for quite a while.

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General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2019
« on: June 29, 2019, 10:31:29 PM »
Played through Trine 2 again this weekend. I've beaten the base game a couple times but now I've completed Goblin Menace which I picked up for super cheap at Steam's Summer sale. This is one series I've been trying to convince some of my friends to get into.

This game along with its predecessor is the puzzle-platformer genre at its best. The base game is a great experience yet I found Goblin Menace to have a superb amount of creativity and variety despite boasting about half the levels. Either cloudy isles or belly of the beast stand as my favourite level in this expansion.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem: [s]Tree[/s] Three Houses
« on: May 29, 2019, 04:59:41 PM »
I'm not sure how I feel about canto returning. Personally I prefer the way it worked in the GBA games where it didn't apply for attacking but you could still use it for rescue and trading shenanigans. In some maps in the series if you're not too careful you could run into a situation where mounted units during enemy phase would all gang up one unit taking advantage of canto(i.e. chapter 2 of fe4).

Crests being similar to holy blood on the other hand has me really excited. High growth rates are a given but can we also expect boosts to weapon rank? The holy blood mechanic made pairing up characters very interesting as some units could start out in A or S rank territory.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: May 18, 2019, 09:08:50 PM »
I received Baba is You for my birthday a few days ago. So far I've beaten enough levels in the second world to advance to the third. It's an interesting puzzle game due to the fact you constantly have to change the rules. Some of the puzzles had me stumped for quite a while.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Your favourite powerful weapons
« on: May 12, 2019, 06:45:48 PM »
One major detail I forgot to add in my opening post was Forseti's great availability. If you follow a certain popular pairing you have access to the weapon from chapter 4 onwards and it will also be the first holy weapon to debut in the second generation.

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General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2019
« on: May 10, 2019, 11:18:38 PM »
I got the normal ending in Wargroove today. Will attempt to get the best possible ending in the future. For now I can say I was very pleased with the game. I felt it really filled my Advance Wars void since there hasn't been an entry in that series for 11 years. Most of the units were basically equivalents from AW but a lot of them were quite balanced. Rangers, for example I found to be an improvement over artillery as they could move and attack as well as target aerial units. Regarding other gameplay elements I liked the fact fortifications had hp, commanders could participate in battle and some of the grooves were quite original. Solid turn based strategy through and through.

As an extra note I'd say the review on this site was spot on!

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