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 on: October 07, 2015, 11:33:27 AM 
Started by Eusis - Last post by Aeolus
The best way to advance through Xenoblade Chronicles is to just advance forward as every time you reach a new location/destination/whatever you get some free Exp/Ap/Sp which are all important to your characters. Money, significantly less so, since you can eventually trade for whatever it is that you might want and equipment is better found off of enemies than bought. Art Manuals are the real reason you might want to have Money. Affinity is also really huge but is actually really fucking hard to grind (and outside of endgame/post game stuff is probably the only thing you really have to grind for), and is the #2 reason why you want to hold off on sidequests early on (the #1 reason is that sidequests only net you Exp, Money, Affinity (both Town and Party), Loot and rarely extra Skills, but no Ap or Sp which are probably the most important resources along with Gems (which is its own kettle of fish), and higher Levels diminish Exp/Ap/Sp enemies give you).

You'll also only want to fight enemies with Blue or maybe Yellow name tags as Red will generally wreck your shit, White is also serious shit but can be manageable and Black is too weak to really bother with unless you're looking for a drop or to do a 'kill # of enemies' quest. And most importantly is that anything with a fancy bordered name tag should be considered to be the equivalent of a mini-boss and treated as such unless you grossly out level them or something (generally you wont unless you skip them and come back for them later as they generally are the strongest enemies in a given area).

Also invest in Agility Gems. Having Agility makes a huge difference in what you can take since it primarily affects Hit% and Evade%.

One final important thing to note is that you will not have your complete party until you leave the Bionis for the Mechonis (spoilers: you'll eventually visit the other half of the world).

Xenoedit: The biggest grind to me in XBC was in managing my equipment inventory/making Gems. In other words, it shouldn't be all that bad if you don't bother trying to cart clutter around like I did (though don't be too hasty in dropping enemy loot or collectibles as both are fairly valuable).

 on: October 07, 2015, 11:32:14 AM 
Started by Taelus - Last post by Towns Car Marty
Square Enix and Nintendo don't care about their Quintet archives :( :( :(

 on: October 07, 2015, 10:28:28 AM 
Started by Taelus - Last post by Arvis
Considering Illusion of Gaia is one of my favorite games form my childhood, how might one go about playing Terranigma?  What's the best option for me here in the NA?

 on: October 07, 2015, 10:25:48 AM 
Started by Starmongoose - Last post by Starmongoose
It is!

Sometimes you find a pear variety, where instead of a lattice of pastry ontop you fan out some pear slices and glaze those.

 on: October 07, 2015, 10:24:35 AM 
Started by Eusis - Last post by mecharobot
Grindy? That depends. Personally I barely fought enemies in Xenoblade. I just did quests. It was still exhausting though, but not in some "fight battles around save point/town until you're strong enough" -type of way.

 on: October 07, 2015, 10:16:25 AM 
Started by Jimmy - Last post by Jimmy
I read Alloy of Law and am in the middle of Words of Radiance, so it'll be a while before I buy and read Shadows of Self.  I'll be honest, I wasn't super into Alloy of Law until the epilogue.  I liked the characters, but the plot felt very YA. 

Likely because it was initially conceived as a standalone. Shadows of Self is the first in a trilogy he's doing with the characters and it has a really fast and unexpected plot with deep implications about the role Scadrial could end up playing in the Cosmere as a whole. Quite frankly, Shadows of Self blew me away. Here's a spoiler free review I posted on my blog: https://jimmyspopcultureblog.wordpress.com/.

 on: October 07, 2015, 10:10:49 AM 
Started by Eusis - Last post by Jimmy
I don't get much chance to play video games these days, so I haven't made it far in Xenoblade Chronicles. I just made it to the place where the ether cylinders are kept on the other side of Tephra Cave. Either I really suck, this game is hard, or both. Because I bump into rare enemy types and always get pounded. Which leads me to a question, is this game grindy? Because if it is then I may not survive playing it through to completion. I don't have the time or patience for grindy RPGs anymore.

 on: October 07, 2015, 10:05:31 AM 
Started by Starmongoose - Last post by natros
^ Oh man... that looks and sounds fantastic.

 on: October 07, 2015, 10:03:17 AM 
Started by Eusis - Last post by natros
Dishonored - Made good progress over the weekend. Not sure what the current Chapter # is, but I'm pretty sure I'm closer to the end of the game than the beginning. I'm currently infiltrating the lighthouse stronghold.
All in all, a fun and well-designed game. The stealth aspect is done well, and the availability of different paths/methods to accomplish mission goals is excellent. The latter pleasantly reminds me of OG Deus Ex.
I already have the desire to play through the game again as a cold-blooded killer (I'm being as non-lethal as possible in this play-through). Replaying a game (without a multi-year gap in between) is kind of rare for me, but this one can actually feel different when taking different measures. Not just subtle mood or move-set changes, like most other games. Good stuff.

I really want to play this game.
Two guys I worked with back at EB Games (when I worked there this game was showing trailers) had 'predicted' the game was going to be 'awful' based on the trailer.  I'm glad they were wrong. :P

Indeed they were. It's a good game, IMO. It admittedly doesn't do anything really new, but everything it does, it does very well. The room for creativity and innovation is simply awesome. You can tell the developers put a good amount of thought into it. Well worth the price for which one can buy it these days.

 on: October 07, 2015, 09:43:37 AM 
Started by insertnamehere - Last post by Towns Car Marty
To be fair, Zorro's not a thief either. So I guess thematically the party is a bunch of anti-heroic outlaws.

And a gypsy temptress.

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