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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« Last post by Frostillicus on April 18, 2018, 12:44:34 PM »
I've decided I'm going to sell my PC and get a PS4. I thought I wanted to be a PC guy, but it turns out, I don't.... For the record, I've never cared about PC vs. console fanboy bullshit nonsense. I simply enjoy playing good video games. I grew up playing games on Commodore and Apple computers, so it was a close-to-home kind of decision at the time.
...I'm just tired of the variation in performance from one game to another, regardless of how good the PC's hardware may be. A newer game with apparently high requirements flows like water. A 5+ year old game with comparatively low requirements stutters like Porky Pig because of some irritatingly dumb issue with various hardware. Having to fruitlessly follow specific guides on tweaking annoyingly hidden settings to try to get games to run at an acceptable level takes time away from what I'm trying to do: play some galdurn vidya games. I've honestly been finding myself playing my PS3 much more often lately, even though I've already beaten almost all of the games I have for it.
I'm not knocking PC gaming. I see the appeal. I've had some seriously great times. I'm just saying it doesn't work for me at this point in my life. If I were single and not a parent (had abundant free time), I probably wouldn't care about this too much. However, my gaming sessions are erratic; and can vary greatly in length. I just want to be able to sit down and play some damn games.
I'll miss modding, but honestly, it's never made any game awesome enough for me to care for more than a few hours at the most. Plus, it can be time consuming to get that shit working right... IF it ends up working right.

Anyway, gonna start with Horizon Zero Dawn and Lego City Undercover (the latter for my little buddy ........and me, too).

tl;dr - Selling my PC and getting a PS4. No hate for PCs. Just not currently working out for me.
Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross (and Chrono Trigger DS) PlayLog
« Last post by Dincrest on April 17, 2018, 08:38:27 PM »
So, since I've finished my current review commitments for the site, re-read pretty much all my comic books, and my Kindle decided to breathe its last... I had some downtime to play more Chrono Trigger.  I beat Magus using Chrono, Frog, and Robo.  Thanks to Frog and Robo having party healing techniques and the trio's triple-tech doing massive damage, Magus was not as challenging as I remember him being. 

Anyway, I really wanted to see what happened to another classic line in this updated localization.  Instead of saying "Yummy frog, for Ayla eat?" Alya says, "Big frog present?  For Ayla eat?"  I can live with that, since I like that Ayla's primitive speech is more eloquent than her tribe's, since she is the big chief and by extension the smartest of the cave people.  I'm still not too happy about Frog not speaking in medieval "thou hath" (despite his dialogue being noble sounding) nor Chrono's mom calling Frog "Sir Knight" instead of "Mr. Toad."  On the other hand, the party scene was an upgrade what with soup becoming skull-smash (clearly an alcoholic beverage, by Robo's calculations), Lucca denying getting all white-girl-wasted, and Ayla being massively hung over the next day.  I'm pretty sure I mentioned this before.

UPDATE: I had some downtime and played a bit more.  I defeated Nizbel 2, Azala, and Black Tyrano.  Black Tyrano was more a battle of attrition than anything else.  I used Chrono, Frog, and Ayla.  The Frog-Ayla double-techs of Slurp Kiss and Bubble Hit were the besty. So now, Chrono, Frog, and Ayla are in the Magic Kingdom.  I thought it was funny when the trio encountered Janus and his cat, Ayla asked if the cat was edible. 
Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (no not X)
« Last post by Arvis on April 17, 2018, 11:15:16 AM »
Touché @Rook
General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« Last post by Aeolus on April 17, 2018, 06:18:59 AM »
R2 is over and done with. At least the team I was on paid attention and utterly cleaned house with 19 territories at the closing bell. Still think this mode has some serious issues to iron out though (for instance, there shouldn't be three of these things held consecutively, period; nevermind the issue with there only being 13 Lance Crests per event, or that the map doesn't always weigh fairly, or that 18/22 rounds of a given match are basically irrelevant, or the shoddy AI making Hard Mode autobattle a dicey proposition, and so on....).

Edit: Meanwhile, Cammoo's Infernal is a joke with Flier Emblem. Just buff Usagero and Gerome and make use of that mountain range on the side. And on a similar note, so too was Squad Assault 5. Powercreep is a hell of a drug.

Double Edit: And that's Saias done too, thanks to my new and improved Flier Emblem.

Is it Spring Yet!? Edit: Pulled Spring Catria. +Def/-Res which sucks, but I'll live since it didn't affect her primary stats (and she's not Ploying anybody anyways so she just has defensive stats that are balanced in their shittiness). Was kinda hoping for either of the Askr Bunnies (especially Alfonse since he's the first non-Jagen/Olfey archetype Axe Cav currently available), but I've already acquired Ninjabbit both with good traits and a +1 Merge, which was the real prize. More importantly is that I'm now done with Spring II Festival and the old drawpool distribution. Also decided to advance my Project Selena a bit by promoting her to 5 stars (of course she's +Atk and -HP), she's got surprising bulk + Spd and Forges can level the playing field in terms of her shit Atk (too bad she can't inherit a Nameless Blade).

Sleep Eazy Edit: Welp. I went to sleep an hour before the end of the GCN with the team I was on having 12 territories with about a dozen or so on the line, and when I awoke for work this morning, my team scored the maximum possible reward for having 20 areas. Holy fucking hell! Nevermind the screwed up action economy or the dire lack of motivation to do more than pop in every couple of hours to drop a Hard Autobattle Nuke. Just the team you're randomly assigned to at the start is pretty much the only deciding factor (granted, I don't think there will be as many clean victories in the future, but seriously, the stronger/more active at the last hour base, straight up wins every time).

On the one hand, at least I don't have to be a whale to cash in on this mode, much like VGs. On the other, even VGs allow you to pick your team, giving you at least some kind of measure of control (despite multiplier bullshit basically making the choice a total crap shoot).

T_T+ Edit: I'm liking the changes so far. Just one Lunatic 7 run got me all the way up to Finn (4 star edition), and the fact that everyone gets a boost means that support units like Olivia can contribute while I get my Reinhardt and Seliph up to speed. Sadly, the maps themselves are kinda annoying to autobattle through, though special mention goes to the second to last map as its the second time a T_T End Map has been recycled (and the first for a T_T). The Seals this time are Seal Spd, Fortress Def and Drive Atk. Also, the 'Try This' recommendation 'feature' remains exactly as useful as in GCN.

Xander Cruz Edit: Managed to finally triumph over Xander Infernal via Horse Emblem, though it took a whole mess of experimentation to assemble the appropriate team and to figure out placement. Say what you will about Alts, but Alt Eirika basically carried the day by dropping the Sword Inf, and tanking both Green tomes with 1 HP to spare. Once I had Reinhardt and Nu Eirika drop Xander, I had Cecilia face tank both the Staffbot and the Lance Inf for the win. As I've been slowly but surely cleaning up the Elite GHeB II matches with my current Blessing Teams (one more week, and I'll have all but Berkut with a Water team and Valter with a Fire team), I'll soon be done with the Elite GHeBs entirely (until Elite GHeB Bros. 3 comes out in about 3 months).

That said, this most recent Banner is actually rather evil since its so close to two new unit Banners, a Legendary Banner, plus whatever the hell Golden Week will drop on us (and considering that both Olwens and Usagero's tits are also up for grabs, it got ridiculously fanservicey up in this game; if it weren't for the fact that I'm looking for a Fire Legendary, I'd be hella tempted to pull now).

:V Edit: New banner preview is up and its more Fates kids with Female Kana, actual Flier Shigure and a Hinoka least we're finally getting a Kinshi Knight, and hey, Luinja (Ningi?) spotted, also the next GHeB will be for Male it too late to pull for one more bunny? (Or rather for a Thracia waifu instead. Olwen II Get! +Atk/-Def, +Spd's more preferable but so too is even more overkill.)
General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic
« Last post by Aeolus on April 17, 2018, 06:12:52 AM »

And from Pachislots to mobile hell goes the Castlevania series.

At the very least, it looks like they sprung for either Kojima or a clone of her to update the character art.
Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (no not X)
« Last post by Aeolus on April 17, 2018, 12:57:58 AM »
Additionally, A) Rex is wearing a diving suit all the time (considering that its meant for deep cloud diving, whatever that means) it probably doesn't breath very well or something, and thus running around with it half open makes at least some sense, and B) he's not the only character in the game/setting to wear a diving suit (hell they stick Nia in one during a HtH). That said, he is the only one to sport a blue bomber diving suit (who here complained about Megaman Volnutt/Trigger's appearance in the Megaman Legend games?), and between that and the fact that the world is covered in endless water vapor, led me to start calling him Megaman Rex.

Spoiler: show
(Well that, and the fact that he does change his outfit to a silvery, neon-highlighted, spacefuture, diving suit that looks far more ridiculous than his original duds after receiving his most broken powerup kinda led me to seeing MMX parallels.)

There's not a whole lot of defending I'm willing to do for Homura though.
Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (no not X)
« Last post by Rook on April 16, 2018, 07:48:49 PM »

Pyra is the worst character design I have seen in ages, and Rex is the second worst.

come on now, they have to be at least second and third worst

I can tolerate a bit of fan service as long as they don't sound like blithering idiots (see: digimon cybersleuth). Kos-Mos was fan service-y. Rex and Pyra are likeable (so far on chapter 4) and Rex's outfit (from the waist up) kind of suits what he does.

Because my living skills students don't take the PARCC standardized tests but still have to come to school to make up snow days, we showed them the movie Coco today.  I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.  Sure the plot was predictable and the twist could be seen a mile away, but I liked the characters, pacing, and the colorful visual design.  I've always been fascinated by Mexico's Day of the Dead where you celebrate the lives of those departed, and the whole juxtaposition of a morbid skull festooned with flowers and vivid colors is one of those striking visual images that once seen, never leaves you. 
Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Last post by Frostillicus on April 16, 2018, 05:47:27 PM »
What are you playing on, Frosty?  I played on PSP and it was just so darn tiny I could barely appreciate the beautiful sprites and animation work.

On my trusty PS3, same as when I played Suikoden 2. Both games look great, given their age, and the platform they are on.
General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic
« Last post by Arvis on April 16, 2018, 12:15:02 PM »
Oh man, MM Legends was so good. So so good.
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