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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Last post by Frostillicus on February 22, 2019, 10:19:40 AM »
Recently started DQ XI. Just got back into Heliodor With Erik.
I'm enjoying the game so far. It's very easy on the eyes. I can see why some people got out of control with screen shots. Yeah, the synth music is a bit of a letdown, especially after the symphonic opening. However, the prior kind of fits, with this game being such a huge nod to the earlier games in the series...
On that note, I can see why newcomers to the series have been let down by this game's... 'simplicity'. To us who have played the older titles (I've played almost all since the very first, which came free with my Nintendo Power subscription), it's a large part of this game's charm.
Also, as with DQ VIII, I love the European accents. However, the silent protagonist is honestly weird in this day and age. I'd even take Mario-style outbursts over absolutely nothing.
Looking forward to the journey ahead.

Infamous: Second Son
- About 45% done. A solid upgrade to the series in general. It's nice to have a protagonist who has some personality, even if he is a bit of a douche. Having multiple powers is pretty bad ass. Some of said powers remind me of Saint's Row IV quite a bit, which is a very good thing.
Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem: [s]Tree[/s] Three Houses
« Last post by Hathen on February 21, 2019, 09:27:49 PM »
I mean, the self-insert being a main lord isn't really inherently a problem, like 80% of WRPGs do it, and a lot of the older FE lords were made super bland as to make them easy to project onto anyway.

I still prefer Mark if they need to have a self-insert. Even if they had made Mark a playable unit it wouldn't be so bad because for the most part you're just a guy sorta tagging along story-wise. I know a lot of people point to it as the beginning of husbando/waifu subtext when Eliwood/Hector/Lyn directly speak to the player, but they never directly flirt with you or anything stupid like that so it comes off as such a false equivalence to me when people compare Lyn to Camilla or something.

Or compare Mark with Kiran- story-wise they're basically filling the same role, but every single character wants Kiran's dick/vag so it makes all the text become insufferable.
Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Last post by Rook on February 21, 2019, 07:22:30 PM »
I've played 4 chapters of Valkyria Chronicles 4 and its good, very good. Gameplay is yes VC1 w/ a new character class and you already knew that. This is fine, in fact its better than fine because VC1 is on my shortlist for all time favorite combat systems and its been way too long of a wait to play it again.

The new class is Grendiders. They seem to either napalm the entire map clean of enemies in 1-2 turns or are totally useless depending on the mission. 

As far as the story goes, its decent, but the story and characters aren't anywhere as well done as VC1 (VC1 is a tough act to follow in that dept - in fact pretty much everything about VC1 is a tough act to follow, its IMO the best game of the PS3 gen). I was worried that it was going to be all angst and raeg looking at screenshots but so far its just tropey anime stuff, passibly done.

The graphics - WHY ARE PEOPLE NOT USING THIS ART STYLE IN OTHER GAMES, to my knowledge there is this, and uh Grimgar, which come on isn't even a game (or is it??????) 

Music - decent enough.

But yea, buy it, because I'd like to see VC3 remade someday.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem: [s]Tree[/s] Three Houses
« Last post by Aeolus on February 20, 2019, 12:58:45 PM »
At least Robin turned out to be the wrong chosen one, even if their status as a Lord is murky at best (they ended up overshadowing Lucina).

But yeah, the biggest issue with Kris is the fact that a lot of their relevancy was swiped from Mystery's Marth. Worse still is that you can't cover them in goofy hats/facial wear as that would've made them a whole lot more tolerable.

Corrin had the biggest issues though because of the whole 'romancing your siblings from two families thing' as well as only a handful of characters not falling into the camp of being within 2 degrees of them, on top of a full host of other plot centric elements.

Byleth is unfortunately looking like they're going to be the main Lord this time as well. Especially since out of all main house leaders and such, he's the only one confirmed to be a Sord Lord. Dimitri looks to have Lance proficiency, Edelgard having Axes and Claude getting on with the Bows.
General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« Last post by Aeolus on February 20, 2019, 06:17:25 AM »
New banner is up, and surprise surprise, Infantry got BST bumped again (the D.Flowers, they do nothing!). Now Keaton rocks 167 BST and Velouria rocks 168 while Kaden, Selkie and Panne remain at Gen 2 Horse BST.

Keaton, on top of being his expected min/maxed brick shithouse self, has a Superboon on his already staggering 41 Atk which means that only Reinhardt 2's mobility keeps him from getting completely shafted. Velouria's far more balanced, which continues to suggest that she's gonna be our demote (assuming there is one), although Kaden is also fairly balanced with horse stats so he might get the demote instead. Selkie to no one's surprise has min/maxed Spd and Res and fortunately, due to being stuck with Gen 2 Horse BST, really crappy Atk for this point of the game, although her weapon and skills make up for it, it does keep her from being too obscene (also, I was wrong about her weapon effect, she gains half the difference between her Res to her opponent's Res to every stat, its even more obscene because she ties Jagen for highest Horse Res, and the average is generally in the mid 20s). Panne unfortunately also shares Selkie's pitiful 29 Atk, but her Spd, physical bulk and weapon make up for it by giving +3 to every stat as long as she's not adjacent to beasts/dragons on top of horse effective damage. She also comes with Astra, Chill Spd and Def Smoke so something's getting sorta demoted.

As for pulls, I did pretty well all things considered. Got a neutral Keaton off of the first ticket (although, like a goddamn idiot I kept pulling on a virgin 3.0 multiplier, the reason why it was 3.0 and not 3.25 was because my second pull was a +Spd/-Def Ylgr). The rest of the tickets got me a high enough multiplier to pull a spare Dorcas (+HP/-Spd) out of as well. So a few pity breakers, a few wasted Orbs and at least one on banner unit with not terrible IVs is just right.

The FB this time around is amusing at least, unfortunately the same cannot be said about the game's actual plot and the dipshit driving it.

Edit: Leg got leaked and its Roy. The good news is that we 'might' not have to worry about getting a repeat of the Sacred Stones banner from last year if the designated Roy Alt is getting sprung on us now (though the threat of a repeat of last year's Thracia 776 banner remains ever present).

Incidentally, looking over my notes, now that the Fateswakening beasts (Yarne aside) are in, that leaves Anna, Severa, Naga, Nah and Emmeryn from Awakening and Rinkah, Anna, Lilith, Nyx and Forrest as the top five yet to make it in respectfully across both 2018's and 2019's CYLs. Naga and Emmeryn didn't do terribly well during Awakening's CYL1 which is why the remaining two were Kellam and Cynthia, meanwhile, Lilith got edged out of Fates' CYL1's top five absentees because Caeldori is nothing, if not consistent in her placement.

Incidental to that, I had to travel down to rank 40 in Fates to get the top 5 absentees, and rank 33 for Awakening's in CYL1. In CYL2, I only had to descend to rank 32 for Fates and rank 29 for Awakening. And in CYL3, I only needed to reach ranks 24 and 20 respectfully. And if you think those numbers are deep (well they are comparatively speaking), Awakening's least popular entry CYL1's and 3's were Walhart at ranks 48 and 54 respectfully while CYL2's was Sully at rank 52. On the Fates' side of things, both CYL1's Siegbert and CYL2's Gunter ranked 74th within Fates' roster, with CYL3 going back to Siegbert at rank 80.

Also, holy shit were the GCN teams bullshit this month. Only one round did more than dismally (at least I got to rank high in Army for those matches at 1st and 10th respectfully; fucking 3rd round tryhards all had at least 230k in score despite the team never occupying more than 5 territories in a given round).
Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem: [s]Tree[/s] Three Houses
« Last post by Hathen on February 19, 2019, 08:29:35 PM »
I'd say Robin and Kris are about the same level, the only reason a lot of people think Kris is worse is because they have the original Mystery of the Emblem to compare it to (which, let's be honest, didn't really have much of a story itself). If anything Kris's importance is actually less so than Robin's is in his own game.
Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem: [s]Tree[/s] Three Houses
« Last post by Ranadiel on February 19, 2019, 06:38:07 AM »
Awesome updates Aelous. I do agree that the fact this world has a name is a good sign for world building. I'm not sure how I feel about another avatar character but I hope he/she is more like Robin or Kris than Corrin. Meaning other characters, primarily the students get a share of the character development spotlight.
Shouldn't that be more like Robin than Kris or Corrin? The one thing that I have heard about New Mystery is that Kris overshadows Marth making Marth look completely ineffective.
Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Last post by Mickeymac92 on February 18, 2019, 11:02:40 PM »
In retrospect, I think that one was a VRChat machinama, actually, so that's a bit unfair. It was just the most recent one I encountered that looked so distractingly bad.


As for RWBY, I always figured when I finally saw this in context, it would be the highlight of the episode. I was wrong. Instead it was just the precursor to the greatest, most action-packed food fight I've seen in anime! I was in stitches! Now I'm definitely glad I started watching this!
Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Last post by Arvis on February 18, 2019, 04:48:03 PM »
I've been listening to RWBY's soundtrack a lot (seriously, it's great stuff, especially the character themes), so I decided to give the series another shot. The first 8 episodes were still extremely rough, and I found myself having to skip around a lot just to make it through it - the animation, direction, and tone were just all over the place! I found myself laughing at it rather than with it more often than not.

However, it did start to shape up after the mid-point of the first season, and now that I've finished episode 16, I think I'm unironically enjoying it now. The characters do seem to have an interesting dynamic, the world is fleshed out enough that I actually feel like things are building towards a major event instead of just making things up by the seat of their pants (with that said, credit to the RvB team for making that style of writing look easy), and some of the jokes can be funny & clever. I really look forward to watching the next season tomorrow.

Animation's still dogshit, though, but understandably so. I spent the first couple of episodes racking my brain trying to figure out what program they're using, since I notice a few quirks that looked familiar. Turns out, if I just finished an episode I'd get the answer in big bold letters, but hey. I've definitely seen other indie animations that were made in Poser to varying degrees of quality, and it reminded me of the scale of their operation. There are much bigger animation teams that have utterly failed to do what they set out to accomplish, even at their relatively short average run times. I mean, just look at some of the CGI anime shorts from the past few seasons if you want examples of how bad it could be.

Move over Miyazaki!

This is fine enough. As long as the writing holds up, I'll have a good time.

PSA: don't click the link.  It's not even interesting-bad.  It's just bad.  And sad.  And will make you sad.

Also, RWBY is awesome, even in the early episodes.  I couldn't keep up with it after Monty died, though.
General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« Last post by Hathen on February 18, 2019, 04:14:01 AM »
I'm surprised at the level of restraint on this banner. Yeah the weapons are powercreeped as hell, but no alts and 4 skills on 3 of the units? I guess it might just be them wising up to people automatically guessing the demote every time (even though there's still a pretty likely candidate this time around).

Keaton's kinda unique with his Meisterfang, but even with all the other goodies built into his weapon he's not going to be another Reinhardt pretty much due to mobility alone (+1 move from transforming >>> wo tooth). He also doesn't have a 2-range weapon and hits on DEF. IMO Tibarn's still going to be way worse to deal with, a 3-move flier with guaranteed all-breaker provided he's the first to reach your team, which he probably will be. It's too bad Valor marks him for unlikely demote, because Special Spiral on a demote would've been so damn sweet.

Even though Velouria's pretty likely as a demote (on top of the aforementioned Close Def 3 being powercrept, it's also available from Grails via Joshua. Wards are just sorta niche in general aside from armors), her unique weapon guarantees her as someone worth investing in. Funny for them to instantly powercreep the onsen weapons like 2 weeks after they came out, but whatever. Aside from the obvious instant Moonbow shenanigans (she's also infantry so she can get Pulsed), first thing I'm thinking? Galeforce teams. The fact that her weapon also has SPD+3 leads me to think she'll have at moderate SPD. Sure it's a waste of the Wo Dao effect on her fang, but with her support partner you can walk into a match with two Heavy Blade Galeforces ready to charge without taking any counters, which can be very valuable for people who put nothing but mages and whatnot. Downside to that is that she's infantry, so you have to support her with a cavalry, teleport her in with WoM, or Smite her in.

Kaden himself will be a worse Green Tibarn with his follow-up prevention and likely-to-be high SPD. Trades in the guaranteed follow-up and flying over shit for moving 3 spaces all the time and very annoying support capabilities. I'm pretty sure some people will opt to actually keep him around on a horse emblem team untransformed all the time just to give out the extra +6 to everything on everyone (because only whales are going to be running beast emblem so far).

Selkie is of course the obvious whalebait, and Christ not only is that weapon really OP, but it's also going to be a PitA to calculate shit when facing her. For SPD it makes it slightly easier for her to double, but makes it so you need to beat her speed by 10 before you can double her. Since she looks like she's going to be a RES unit Reinhardt probably isn't going to the save the day, and most physical hitters are probably going to trigger +8 DEF on her by default if she has rock bottom DEF so she might be able to tank a Brave Sword or Lance even. Really depends on how her stat line shakes out but that's a pretty insane weapon. Sabotage Attack is okay I guess.
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