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181  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: December 26, 2015, 07:23:19 AM
Alright, just have one side quest left (for which I will need to kill the most powerful tyrant in the game for the "good" ending, yay). Been working on finishing up all the segments. Some of these are really annoying. Like I spent half an hour searching for one in Oblivia where I knew exactly where the treasure was (under ground), but I could not figure out where the freaking entrance was and there were no named caves nearby. Turns out there was just a random ledge in the giant pit that I kept missing. Oh well. Just have the last two continents left. Then onto developing an uber skell to kill the tyrants that I have been unable to kill so far.

Not sure if I am going to bother grinding any more potential augments. I only have one and I seem to be able to mostly handle the few on-foot required fights. Honestly, I'm kind of ready to just move on to my next game. >.>
182  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 23, 2015, 06:50:39 AM
If you ever want a picture of a bad post, just look above. Seriously, I'm still grinding, I don't need "Ooooh! Ooooh! I know! I know! Let me answer the question!" posts, especially for a game that I've spent 3 years trying to avoid spoilers on.
My apologies, I'll just bow out of this conversation now if my answer is hurting your enjoyment. That was certainly not my intent.
183  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: December 23, 2015, 06:26:35 AM
Amazon doesn't even have a price or release date for the special edition, on that matter.
That is normal for a sold out video game (special edition) preorder on Amazon.
184  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: December 22, 2015, 06:45:34 AM
I'm still trying to research what to put into the katana. I haven't seen much theorycrafting using Ether Attack Plus XX vs Melee Attack Plus XX augments. I figured I'd get the katana first since it made no sense to me to gather the components for augments and farm armor when the key to the whole build is the blade itself. Thankfully I got a Prime version of it off first kill. I'm still not quite sure what tyrants I should be farming for armor since the augments are so incredibly random.
Well you can buy an ether longsword at the shops if I recall correctly, so the specific sword isn't the specific key to the build. Honesty I think the Arts Gain TP XX are the most important component (followed closely by the Potential Up XX augments). And the build I have seen uses Melee Attack Up XX, so that is what I am planning on using.

Edit: As for armor, I used the tyrant that sleeps at the Drop Shaft in Primordia during the day. He only drops armor and skell weapons, and I had good luck with him.
185  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys VIII on: December 22, 2015, 06:35:51 AM

Important details:
- Adol Shipwrecks
- Cursed Island
- Platforming

Shocking right? Also:
- Town Building
Not as shocking as that one time he got on a boat and it didn't crash. I wonder if there is Adol insurance for boats in the world of Ys.
186  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 22, 2015, 06:27:15 AM
The problem though is that the game's entire plot has thus far been kinda like that. You show up for something, you fight some dudes, a boss shows up, then you blow them up and report back.

Chapter 8 has so far been the only real exception to this as you're running defense for that chapter. Well that, and Chapter 9 for taking Lao out of commission.
Oh just wait for chapter 11. I mean it still has the same basic formula but...you'll see.
187  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: December 21, 2015, 09:43:09 PM
Well, to be honest, Elma and Lin are required for almost all the affinity missions anyway. Though I've recently found that grinding the level 50 support mission is THE fastest way to grind affinity. Roughly 1/5th a heart each completion. If you need to farm BP there is a 50 support mission that rewards 60 BP per clear. With Phoenix AOE it takes 30 seconds. When you beat the game Network Console activities are the fastest way to grind affinity, BP (mandatory if you plan on all class completion), Miranium and Credits. Do it!

Got my Ares 90 also and that thing owns. I'm working on the totally broken Ether Blossom build. I was able to secure the katana from the Tyrant and working on the armor for it now. This build is fucking broken. Get a load of this shit.

Ether Blossom Build
They are only required for the "story characters" chains. I took them out of my party and just threw in whoever didn't have maxed since I was saving the affinity missions for post game so that I didn't have to juggle everyone's affinity prior to the post game grinding missions. I think they were mid-30s to early 40s when I was going in for the final chapter (before my second attempt).

It takes 28 runs to go from 0 hearts to 5. Well maybe a little more since both times I bothered counting there was a tiny sliver in the heart.

Ether Blossom is also the build I am going for. I however have the armor, but not the weapon. I'm saving the weapon for when I have gotten some of the augments. Although I got some amazing armor during my grind. A helmet with Potential Up and Potential Boost, chest piece with Max HP Up and Max HP Boost, and legs with Max TP Up and Max TP Boost. Arms could be better, but I am content.
188  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 21, 2015, 06:47:02 AM
Finally got all chars in Xenoblade Chronicles X (curse you Mia!), and got them all to max levels and max affection. Now starting the processof completing all their affinity missions and H2Hs before moving on to finishing off all normal missions.

Nah, I blew it up real good shortly after posting that. I just needed to get a MECHSLAYER (or whatever the designation is called) XX Augment on one of my Skells since I only needed to bring the first phase of the boss down to half health.

Also, how the hell do you forget about an Independence Day style Mobile Armor?

Anyways, I'm currently training up to take on the Boot Camp (I'm currently level 38 of 41), which means a shit load of sidequests to do (fortunately a shit load of sidequests have just opened up).
I dunno. I'm pretty sure that chapter took me the shortest amount of time to complete out of any of them. The fight just went, show up, beat it down for 2 min, curse as the cutscene interrupts my momentum, wail on it for 2 more min, get confused as I continually get knocked down at the end, and win. I'm not even sure I took 2 min per phase. Plus as I said earlier this chapter feels like filler. As chapters 9 and 11 both are fairly plot important while chapter 10 is just sort of there to clean up a loose end (and explain why there is a giant hanger in Cauldoros?)
189  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: December 20, 2015, 08:21:45 AM
Lmao, I just got the Ares 90 last night. I have since been using it to grind against a level 90 tyrant (at the Drop Shaft) for end game armor. A single blast from its most powerful weapons is enough to kill the tyrant 50+% of the time. It is hilarious. Just need one more piece I like before I move on to augment grinding.

Btw, if anyone is looking to do reward ticket grinding, you should probably do it today because it looks like the next global nemesis is Yggralith Zero instead of Telethia Plume. My understanding is that Plume is significantly easier. I think Plume should be back in a week, but best to get it down now if you can.
190  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 20, 2015, 08:07:53 AM
Of course with all that said, Chapter 10 itself has been a bear to do since my Skell loadout still sucks (I've got Level 30 Frames for the entire party, but I've only got store bought crap and almost no good Skell Augments lying around or available to make yet). Of course, I'm currently in the middle of taking the third option of running around dropping probes in every non-5 Star spot now that reach is no longer an issue.
I'll be honest with you, it took me two minutes to even remember what the boss for chapter 10 was. I took that boss with basically zero trouble so it left no impact on me (doesn't help that the boss feels something like a filler boss). I might have had my first level 50 skell at the time (which probably trivializes the encounter), so I'm not sure that I can give any useful advice.
191  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: December 19, 2015, 07:56:06 AM
Beat the game last night. That ending. O.O Want sequel now! Kind of want to discuss the ending, but I'll wait until some more have beaten it.

There was on thing in the last chapter I found humorous that I don't think is really spoilery that I want to mention. I guess I'll spoiler block it just to be on the safe side.

So final mission has a scene where basically all of BLADE is planning the mission. During this scene, Elma claims all of the "main" characters for her role in the mission. After which it cuts to other characters not officially part of Elma's squad giving confirmation that they got the orders. The characters it cuts to are the four DLC characters and Murdress. I have no idea as to why Murdress was one of the characters shown. It was just random. I don't know if it is just set or if it is selected based on some criteria, but Murderess is at 0 affection with me (and Yelv is close to 0), so I don't think it is based off of affection.

Now begins the long slog to 100%. Step one get all companions to 5 hearts! Or maybe all but three since I am still missing Mia and it would be more efficient to grind for her hearts at the same time as two other companions. Either way, 9 (soon to be 8) companions left to go! Thank god for the Phoenix Wings.

3. Outside of main story, leave Elma and Lin at home, unless they're required. They get plenty of affinity from required quests. The nice thing is that quests from the mission terminal also count as affinity, even gathering quests. So, if you know you have all the items for a mission BEFORE you accept it (hit R button on the quest in the mission terminal to see the completion conditions), invite NPCs with low affinity, accept quest, instantly complete it, get affinity for every member of your party.
There is a downside to doing this, namely that Lin and Elma end up a little underleveled, which ended up biting me in the rear when I first attempted Chapter 12. This can of course be countered by Joker farming them to 50 so they can equip level 50 suits, but it is something to keep in mind.

Thanks for all these Tenchi...!!!! D:
I've been a fuck up early on.  Also, 80 hours in, decided to figure out what Overdrive does.
Overdrive does just about everything, makes your attacks more powerful (through tertiary cooldowns), makes them more frequent (reduced cooldown times), and has all sorts of bonuses when you get your combo counter up. Honestly, I have not been able to use it effectively yet. I have a Longsword/Dual Guns build that is supposed to be pretty ridiculous when it comes to overdrive, but I need some better augments before I can use it. The short version is that one of the best on-foot strategies is to go for infinite overdrive.
192  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 19, 2015, 06:57:57 AM
Thundercats Chronicles X: Just pounced Lion-O and Cheetara plus crew and am now flying Skell Air out of NLA and to wherever the hell I want. Its good to have the game's Airship.

Also, you have failed me for the last timeStarscream Lao! I'm sick of your plot bottlenecking bullshit and I have both of your Arts. Consider your ass permabenched! (And so help me. If you plot block me one more time. Just ONE MORE TIME. I'm putting you on a goddamn dirt diet you Laouse!)
Don't worry, you have completed all of his affinity missions. Btw, you should get Gwin's affinity up to 1 if you haven't yet as you need that for chapter 11. I can't recall if there is anything for chapter 10.
193  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: December 18, 2015, 06:25:43 AM
Finished catching up with Agents of Shield yesterday. Series finale was good. Very curious as to who the Inhuman on the planet was.
194  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 17, 2015, 06:38:40 AM
The general rule of females in a Shonen series is that they are in one of three states A) getting fondled/striped/played up for comedy/fanservice/DRAMA!!!/an aesop about how the woman's place is in the kitchen and nowhere else, B) benched so hard they make the male benchwarmers look like they could be main characters of their own Shonen series because they are so completely and utterly useless or C) are the walking plot macguffin of the arc.
At least it isn't a universal rule. World Trigger has pretty damn close to 0 fan service and has potent female characters both in the main cast and in the supporting cast.
195  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: December 13, 2015, 06:14:10 AM
Got my flight module last night! Going insane now trying to hunt down the tyrant that I need for the quest to get my mechanical skill up to 5.

Hmm. Maybe I should test it more thoroughly. I have two weak little '0' skells and plenty of stupid AIs...

I believe there should always be a QTE (other than the pit of death), maybe there isn't one if you haven't drawn your weapon? I dunno.

Wait, maybe your skell needs to be on the ground for the QTE to trigger? I mean, I don't think you can exit a skell that isn't, so maybe that keeps the QTE from triggering?

And most of the time, if I'm running away, the AIs are still fighting and probably on the ground, so their QTE should trigger if they screw up...
I take back everything I said, as that was what I had read. I have no freaking clue how NPCs and Skells work. What you thought very well may be right as it seems as it matches what I have experienced since I started using Skells on NPCSs. However the manual would seem to indicate otherwise as it says that NPCs will always get perfects...maybe the incorrect aspect is that getting a perfect still causes you have to pay repair costs if you have no insurance (I wouldn't know since I never get "perfect") and that was the fault in what I read/understood? I don't know. >.>
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