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https://gematsu.com/2018/06/brand-new-tales-of-series-rpg-in-development-for-console

Its that time once again to start waiting for the next Tales of Game.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: June 16, 2018, 09:56:11 PM »
Octopath Demo: Kinda amusing that the game doesn't immediately boot you out at the 3 hour mark considering that I ran afoul of the time limit just prior to fighting the boss of the scenario I was on (but yeah, I was just about to leave town and finish my Therion's intro quest, and this was after starting with Ophilla and following up with H'anaat).

Lufia 2: Just about done hanging out with Lexis and getting my final party together at last.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: CD Projekt RED's Cyberpunk 2077
« on: June 16, 2018, 10:08:40 AM »
If I can manage to play Metroid Prime, then I can handle FPS games.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Your favorite basic weapons
« on: June 16, 2018, 10:05:34 AM »
Whip Swords. Horribly impractical but generally wielded by cool ladies.

Light/Beam/Energy/whatever Sabers. Re: Light Sabers, generally wielded by cool doods.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Things you can't bear in a JRPG
« on: June 13, 2018, 05:38:02 PM »
random encounters when i'm lost in a dungeon.

Uuuuuuuugh.  Literally the only time I hate random encounters.

Pack it in folks. We've found the one guy who can somehow tolerate random encounters while trying to solve dungeon puzzles or platform through them. :V

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem: [s]Tree[/s] Three Houses
« on: June 13, 2018, 11:11:55 AM »
https://serenesforest.net/2018/06/12/three-houses-e3-2018-trailer-analysis/#more-46162

So here's a breakdown of the trailer and random assorted website data that currently exists.

Basically, the main character is that Edgy Marth looking dude who, get this, will act as an advisory/instructor role to one of your 3 Aristocrats of choice (almost like some sort of Tactician or something). Hopefully, there will be customization of some degree.

Said 3 Aristocrats (Edgelord, DAB or President Ragen Edelgard, Dimitri and Claude) are most likely your means into one of the titular Three Houses (Adrastea, Fergus and Leicester respectfully), although whether or not you can switch between them or have to make an early game choice (ala Fates) remains to be seen.

Main continent is named Fodlan (so no Fatesistan like Fates).

Game's subtitle in Japan is 'Four Seasons'. Make of this what you will.

Battle scale seems to be a whole lot closer to Tellus' Bushes and lack of Forts, versus your general 1 tile sized buildings.

The Edel (guard) is seen picking from a bunch of different options during battle, including Attack, Magic, Combat Arts, Formation, and all the rest. While she's picking from these options, she has a bunch of Red Lines directed towards her from surrounding enemies, most likely indicating who'll be targeting her come Enemy Phase. As for the options themselves, one could assume that the devs are taking a page from Gaiden/Echoes with Magic being its own thing (that may or may not cost HP to use) and special abilities from your equipped weapon (that'll also probably cost HP to use). While Formation is shown later on when noted Dodongo animal companion Dimitri has his faceless goons form up in front of him in a Triangle formation.

Combat Skills (ala Vantage and Wrath) and Weapon Durability have returned, and likely Weapon Weight as well given the stats that Edgeguard shows in her match up versus Mercedes Benz, but not the Weapon Triangle (Edelgard starts her attack with an Axe that displays 71% Hit and a big fat goose egg for AS (Attack Speed); when engaging Sword wielding Mercedes, she's only losing 4% Hit while getting Doubled, which, given Mercedes terribad stats (dat 13 HP) isn't as stark of a difference as it should be if WT were in play).

A detail that the article also seems to overlook is the possible formula for converting Skill, Spd and Luck into AS and Crit chances and the Doubling threshold (putting this in spoilers to prevent the cross-eye status effect)
Spoiler: show
Again to the matchup between Edelgard and Mercedes, Edelgard starts with a weapon that has 71% Hit and 5% Crit but 0 AS. When fighting Mercedes, she loses 4% Hit and 2% Crit to an enemy that can Double her. Assuming that Mercedes has anywhere from 1 to 8 AS to achieve Doubling, the 4% Hit loss can be accounted in the following cases (1 AS = 4% Avoid, 2 AS = 2% Avoid, 4 AS = 1% Avoid and 8 AS = .5% Avoid). But also considering the 2% Crit loss, the formula would have to also involve anywhere from 1 to 4 Luck (1 Luck = 2% Evade, 2 Luck = 1% Evade, 3 Luck = .75% Evade rounded down or 4 Luck = .5% Evade), which tends to affect Avoid as well. That eliminates the possibilities of 1 AS = 4% Avoid and 8 AS = .5% Avoid and changes the remaining possibilities. The math starts to get exponentially long at this point so to get to the final possibilities assuming we need consider Doubling on a 0 AS unit, traditional Spd and Luck values, no Weapon Triangle or outside skills/supports/formation effects, you have (+1 AS to Double at 2% or 3% Avoid with 2 Luck at either +1% or +.5% Avoid and 1% Evade, +4 AS to Double at .75% Avoid with 2 Luck with +.5% Avoid and 1% Evade, +5 AS to Double at .5% Avoid with 3 or 4 Luck at +.5% Avoid and either .75% Evade or .5% Evade, or +1 AS to Double at 1% or 2% Avoid with 3 or 4 Luck at either +1% or .5% Avoid and .75% or .5% Evade), but at this point in time, we simply do not have enough datapoints to make an accurate determination.


Ignoring all of that though are some of the other combats shown during the trailer, one bearing interest involving MyCharacter Ryleth MC Byleth charging an Archer who has combat stats on the combat forecast (i.e. looks like Archers can counter at 1 Rng).

Also, something something Dragons, something, fancy Prf Swords, something something, Centralized Theocracy, and Crests (including a mural depicting 21 Crests (with four rendered illegible, and three being depicted as the Crest for each of the currently named Aristocrats' house; the one at the 12'o Clock belonging to House Adrastea, the one at the 4:45 position belonging to House Fergus and the one on 9'o Clock belonging to House Leicester); does this portend to the return of Holy Blood mechanics ala FE4?, and more importantly, Eugenics?).

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General Games / Re: E3 2018: Wait. What happened to 2017!?
« on: June 13, 2018, 01:36:12 AM »
I don't have time to pick apart everything Aeolus said but there is one thing that really caught my eye.

The Sinking City: Lovecraft third person shooter.

Sorry but that game didn't look like a shooter at all.  They did say that there would be combat but it wasn't the focus and they barely even showed it.  The focus seems to be more on investigation/mystery solving.  That combined with things like the sanity mechanics they mentioned remind be a lot of the Call of Cthulhu pen and paper games.  Which would be awesome if true.  Most of the eldritch horrors in that mythos are not things an ordinary person even can fight.

So yeah I object to that characterization.  I'm actually pretty hyped for this one.

Apologies on that one. I only commented on what I saw during the presser and that was mostly a sequence where the main character is shooting creepy crawlies with a pistol in the dark from an over-the-shoulder perspective ala RE4. There were other bits, but they didn't last that long compared to the shooty bits, and they really didn't show a hell of a lot to begin with because most of the segment was spent talking to the developers about what were they going for with this game, short-term/long-term goals, demographics, inspirations, etc...

And that was pretty much the entire PC show in a nutshell. They really didn't show much since they spent most of the event talking on stage to people on the project about broad, vague gameplay features and goals, and the occasional piece of specific information that basically required you to already be following the project to understand what they're talking about. But the allotted time for each game was way too short for an off-hand Q&A session to really cut into.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: June 13, 2018, 01:12:08 AM »
To be fair, other than "Am I running enough healing Quartz?" and "Do I have the anti-enemy encounter Quartz on somebody?", you don't really need to play around with Quartz that much since most of FC isn't that hard. And hell, if you're having trouble with levels and experience, just fight a few random battles. The game is designed to tapper off Exp gains based upon where you are/what you're fighting. So as long as you fight a few random battles in a new area, you should be good.

But yeah, focus your efforts on keeping Estelle and Joshua standing since they're always around for FC.

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http://www.siliconera.com/2018/06/12/shoji-mizuno-character-designer-bomberman-sadly-passed-away/

And on the same day they reveal that Bomberman made it into Smash too.

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According to Amazon, it will be coming out for all three systems in the west (and anything that's on the XBone will be on PC guaranteed; Halo, Forza or Gears aside).

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General Games / Re: E3 2018: Wait. What happened to 2017!?
« on: June 12, 2018, 01:43:04 PM »
Nintendo:

Deamon X Machina: I don't know what the christ this is, but I need it injected straight into my veins.

Yeah, that one stole the show for me. Still a lot of other good ones, like Fire Emblem and Hollow Night, and of course Smash. But Daemon x Machina just looks sweet. Like, I don't know if its on-rails or if it's gonna be like Armored Core with customizable units? But either way, it seems like exactly the kind of mech game my library is sorely missing.

Apparently, its gonna be more like Armored Core, given Kenichiro Tsukuda is behind this.

https://gematsu.com/2018/06/marvelous-announces-daemon-x-machina-for-switch

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (no not X)
« on: June 12, 2018, 01:25:08 PM »
https://gematsu.com/2018/06/xenoblade-chronicles-2-expansion-torna-the-golden-country-launches-september-14

That new Torna DLC looks really fucking good. It's almost like a whole new game, what with the mostly new cast and setting.


Day Later Edit: They showed off a new challenge mode DLC for XBC2 on Treehouse today and its looking pretty swank.

It gives you two new Blades to work with in this mode
Spoiler: show
Shulk and Fiona. The former even comes complete with a Vision Tag mechanic.


And some of the prizes include new costumes for characters like Pyra's Gormotti disguise.

It also offers some special battles like Jin vs that ship of Mor Ardainian soldiers from that random cutscene where he hijacks a bunch of Core Crystals.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem: [s]Tree[/s] Three Houses
« on: June 12, 2018, 01:19:15 PM »
Necroing this thread now that we've actually have the goddamn reveal.

Not really sure what to post right now though because there was a crapton of data and not much time to process it.

For instance, it looks like battles can finally involve faceless generics ala Langrisser. Also you can train characters in certain weapon proficiencies, and you've got free move ala Echoes. I'll edit when I get my hands on more info.

Anyways, the release window is currently set for Spring 2019.

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General Games / Re: E3 2018: Wait. What happened to 2017!?
« on: June 12, 2018, 01:11:15 PM »
Nintendo:

Deamon X Machina: I don't know what the christ this is, but I need it injected straight into my veins.
XBC2: Really fucking good looking DLC.
Lets Go Pokemon: Shilling Chimpokaball crap.
Super Mario Party: They called the 11th Mario Party, Super Mario Party.
Fire Emblem Three Houses: Please don't come in three versions.
Fortnite: 100 Nintendo fans parachute out of the stream.
Overcooked 2: Indie #1
Killer Queen Black: Indie #2
Hallow Knight: Indie #3
Game Montage: A whole mess of games, ranging from Megaman 11 and TWEWY to Minecraft and Minecraft clones.
Smash Bros. Ultimate: Hot: Ice Climber, Snake, Daisy, Bomberman, Ridley; Not: Landmasters, the return of No Pork City.

TL;DR: No Metroid Prime 4 or next gen Pokemon, but motherfucking Ridley for Smash 5. Also new Fire Emblem and really good looking XBC2 DLC. They brought the quality, but not the quantity since Smash ate half the Direct.


Worst E3 ever?

No, because Microsoft actually had a good one for once (albeit for basically everybody but Microsoft). And Nintendo really brought the Thunder as well. The rest (minus Devolver) was pretty fucking awful.

If you want to see the actual 'worst E3', look up E3 2008. 2007's was also incredibly dire.


...Oh damnit, The Sacrifice was at E3 after all. I guess I shouldn't have skipped the PC show...not that the others were any good. What a snorefest this E3 is turning out to be.

You didn't miss much, if anything at all. It was basically 30 seconds of footage of a dude in armor pick up a sword and stuff. The rest of the 4 minute segment was talking about this other conference where they actually announced the game and showed the same footage, and how that was received, and how the presenters felt while presenting said footage to said other conference. Frankly, this is basically the way that the entire PC show played out because for PC gamers, E3 is basically a Tuesday (although its really a Monday, but I digress).


The final score for me is:
Microsoft: A shit load of games of varying quality for everybody (but Microsoft).
Nintendo: Saving Ubisoft and motherfucking Smash. But they can't really compete with the sheer quantity of MS third party spam.
Devolver: One trick pony, but that pony is motherfucking 2004 bargain bin game. :V
Sony: Also a case of quality rather than quantity, but the quality was mostly in Interactive Cinematic Experiences and not in the pomp and circumstance.
Ubisoft: Are still hella French, but Nintendo came through for them. The intrusive popups and their non Nintendo infused stuff sucked out loud though.
Limited Run: Brought the wrong kind of cringe, and not enough to loop back around to awesome.
Bethesda: "That conference is a eunuch." That conference is a eunuch." "This conference is dead."
Squeenix: 30 minutes of almost no redeeming value, except for the irony of accidental racism.
PC: 90% Talking heads, 8% game footage, 2% Duck Cake Marketing.
EA:

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General Games / Re: E3 2018: Wait. What happened to 2017!?
« on: June 11, 2018, 11:24:41 PM »
Limited Run:

Oh god, the cringe is real. This is being filmed in somebody's garage isn't it?

List of suddenly physically materialized games that will immediately become secret shames: Golf Story, Iconoclasts, Observer, Layers of Fear, Thumper, The House of Fata Morgana, Read Only Memories, Va-11 Hall-A, Senran Kagura Bon Appetit, Oceanhorn, Cosmic Star Heroine, Night Trap, Yooka-Laylee, Spleunky, Exile's End, Phantom Breaker Battlegrounds Overdrive, Salt and Sanctuary, Dust: An Elysian Tail and Double Switch.

Because I sure as hell need a lot of indie titles cluttering up my collection that I can't even show anybody since either I'll look like a creep, or would require an explanation far longer than any non gaming-sperglord's attention span would tolerate.

TL;DR: Like, if they had stuck to 1991's CGI during the intro and just covered their shit, it would've been a whole lot better, but they ran their joke of a presser into the ground, and most of these titles are hard passes or better off digital anyways.


Ubisoft:

Just Dance 2019: Bringing the Cringe and dropping the mic. Coming to a bargain bin in November.
Beyond Good and Evil 2: Jade's back and has yet to go beyond good and evil, and have some Pre-Alpha footage. Joseph Gordon Levitt: "Also we don't have enough asset creators, give us your stuff!" Other Presenter: "We nailed it!"
Rainbow Six Siege: Thirty Five Milion Toops! E-Sports, who gives a fuck!
Trials Rising: Fake Super Dave Osborne. Interest falling in Excitebike 2019. Sign up for Trials University and get your degree in ragdoll physics today!
Division 2: Lol at Small Pox Apocalypse. Lololol at all the pop up ads. Succeed and history will remember the few who saved the country from itself #teaparty #altright. Lololololol @ Raids ZOMG!!! Also that paper airplane came from the EA conference.
Mario Vs. Rabbids: DK Vs. Rabbids expansion. DK! Donkey Kong! His Coconut Gun fires in bursts. If it hits ya, its gonna hurt.
Skull & Bones: Ass Creed Black Flag, minus the Ass Creed. Division on the water. Sea of Thieves but an actual game.
TransferenceVR: Transfarance! Escape the Room, brought to you by Frodo Baggins and French developers.
Starlink: The Last Amiibofighter. Also motherfucking Star Fox. Its not even their presser yet and yet Nintendo wins E3 again.
For Honor: Weeb Samurai versus Baka Gaijin, now with Three Kingdoms flavor. "Have fun sieging the castle!"
The Crew 2: Soon Freedom will be yours. Throwing horns and sneaking in some Red Bull branding.
Ass Creed O2: Ass Creed Greece. Now with 100% female Ass. And it even comes with the "THIS! IS! SPARTA!" kick.

This is really the E3 where everybody's suffering from labor shortages and want cheap labor.

TL;DR: Ubisoft continues to ride the crazy train with their pressers. That said, this was probably more of a Nintendo victory than Ubisoft's considering how lame/uninspired some of their non Nintendo collaboration titles are looking.


PC:

Preshow: Wow, this is off to a marketing start.

Satsifactory: Its like a prettier Minecraft.
Neocab: Noir cab driver game. Cyberpunk flavor.
Mavericks Proving Grounds: Battle Royale #1.
The Forgotten City: They made a game out of a mod.
Star Control Origins: No Man's Starcontrol. Don't Stardox me.
Hunt Showdown: DLC!
Archangel Hellfire: 100 Mechs parachute onto an island.
The Sinking City: Lovecraft third person shooter.
Warframe Sacrifice: A sequel to a series of games I know nothing about.
Sega PC: Playing these on a console instead.
Killing Floor 2: Killing Harder.
Maneater: Shark Sandwich.
Bravery Network Online: Turn based fighting game...uhn.
Morning Star: Cyber Turnip growing VR simulator.
Overwhelm: Underwhelming
Jurassic World Evolution: Goldblum unleashed.
Stormland: Openworld FPS VR game. An FPS that actually is an FPS.
Night Call: Another Noir cab driver simulator. This one actually noir based.
Sable: I feel like I watched this on MTV 30 years ago.
Star Citizen: Bwhahahaha. Here we go, here's the game that'll eventually come out in an Alternate Reality near you.
Tech talk: $9000 Laptop? Fuck off!
Genesis Alpha One: Spore x Doom on PC.
Don't Starve Hamlet: More Don't Starve.
Just Cause 4: Just Cause trailer 3 + 1.
Overclock's The Walking Dead: Zombies are so played out. 100 extras of hit TV Show, The Walking Dead parachute onto an island.
Telltale's The Walking Dead: Its the final countdown.
Noita: Not a lot to go on here.
Two Point Hospital: The Sims: General Hospital edition.
Realm Royale: Battle Royale #2.
Ooblets: Doublefine's Pokemon inspired clone. Release date, too soon.
Anno 1800: An RTS in TYoOL 201800?
Rapture Rejects: Battle Royale #3. Battle Royale of the Stick.
Hitman 2: Kill a guy with a frozen fish or a frying pan.

TL;DR: Bad presser full of talking heads with the briefest of snippets, but you can just mod all of this anyways so who gives a fuck.


Sony:

Preshow: Sony's got their own knock off Rabbids now? Also, apparently this is in a Tent Church. At least it isn't a Tractor Trailer Church. And we're now listening to a bassoon? Da fuk!?
Last of Us 2: Its a good thing this is a fake church because I kinda doubt that a real church's community would appreciate the fact that footage of digital teenage lesbians kissing was being shown on their grounds.
Tetris Effect: This is your Tetris on drugs. Any questions?
Days Gone: Zombie games used to be able to carry E3, but those days gone.
CoD:Blops 3: Why show this when CoD:Blops 4 is right there?
Twin Mirror: Still not as interesting as Deadly Premonition.
Ghost Giant: But can he beat the Iron Giant?
Beat Saber: Elite Beat Saber.

And then Sony's Twitch shits the bed. Motherfuckers.

Ghost of Tsushima: Bushido Blade 3.
Control: Psychic Wars.
Resident Evil 2: 20 years later.
Trover Save the Universe: But can't save Rick and Morty.
Kingdom Hearts 3: Actual new footage at least.
Death Stranding: Breathless of the Wild featuring the Postman and a mess of raw, uncut Kojima.
Nioh 2: Death becomes him.
Spider Man: Featuring the Sinister Six.
Deracine: From Software's avant-garde entry.
PSVR: There's the Sony montage.

TL;DR: Twitch was the worst part of the show. Not a whole lot of content besides Spiderman and TLoU2, but it really seems like everybody is both aware that this is the tenth year anniversary of E3 2008 and is paying tribute in some way (except EA).

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