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General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic
« on: Today at 06:35:27 AM »

Well, that's one way to revive an IP.

At least its not an unprecedented move. Its more of a question of it being more of, or less of, a sidestory than Gun Hazard was.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: Today at 06:21:50 AM »
Welp. It took the better part of my stamina bar for this morning, but Ninian & Hawkeye's BHeB has been completed on Infernal. The trick is to make use of the space you have in your starting area and to have the Lance Cav and the Green Mage circle around with Ninian so that she can't just dance whichever unit the enemy needs to drop one of your own.

Admittedly, I pulled this off with a 5 star Eliwood (with Reposition and Hone Calvary), 5 star Cecilia (with both S rank Summoner Support and B rank Camus Support; also with Reposition, Triangle Adept 2 and Hone Calvary), 5 star Camus (with B rank Cecilia Support and Swap) and a 4 star Frederick (with Fury 2, Draw Back and Fortify Calvary).

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: Yesterday at 08:11:13 PM »
I gotta say it's pretty shitty of them to make all the +40% units 5*-locked ones. On top of that there's no Askr unit in there for any newer players. Is that their way of making up for the fact this Tempest is giving out such a ridiculously powerful unit?

Its even shittier that 3 of the 4 40%ers are all from the current banner so most of your previous PoR luck is basically moot (hell, it screws over those who chose Brave Ike as their freebie in preparation of this T_T) and their banner is now your Orb hole for the foreseeable future.

And again, even Mist only gets a woeful 20% despite being 5 star locked and also one of your two units that actually participated in that battle in FE9. Meanwhile Elincia is little more than a plot coupon for most of the game prior to that point and only takes up arms as the last recruitable Beorc, while Oscar and Nephenee have no connection to the BK fight itself beyond being possible units you took with you during the actual stage part of that stage. And seriously, other than Burger King being a 'freebie', your best bet for any multiplier are the Uncommons Titania and Soren.

I feel that this is making up for the fact that they accidentally let a Common tier unit be a 40%er during the t_t.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: Yesterday at 06:07:30 AM »
Fuck. Why the hell are they making Oscar and Nephenee 1.4xers over Mist, Brave Ike and/or someone more relevant to the actual Black Knight fight? I mean, I can understand not getting either Nasir or Ena as reward characters, but seriously? Its like they never even played FE9.

Well, at least now I know where I'm dumping my Orbs for the foreseeable future (damn you and your fantastic traits Leon).

We're doing this FEH!? Edit: Pulled again and got a 5 star Mae for my troubles (+Spd/-HP). Seriously game? This is the wrong kind of luck here. Granted, Mae is a bae and those are solid traits plus Echoes is one of the better sets to draw 5 stars from, but still, this is the wrong goddamn luck and I'mma soon to be shit outta luck altogether.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: Yesterday at 12:07:19 AM »
Female Robin's Infernal ReReGHeB was easy enough to beat on my third try or so. So now I'm focusing on clearing the Story Missions and Training Tower Missions. Also, to reiterate, I still do not like Arena Assault at all. Its such a chore to do every day that I didn't even bother with today's AA Missions until it was too late to do them. At least I'm almost done with the monthly Tenth Stratum shenanigans (Armor and Infantry are done, Flier is now 11/15 done and Cavalry is currently 0/15 but I'll grind that along with Ninth Stratum and the remaining Training Tower Missions) and Chapter 13 (Lunatic is totally cleared all the way to 13-5).

Really, my next task is to clear enough room to pull again (or just burn the Orb and expand my Barracks yet again; of course I go and pull a 5 star Leon (+Atk/-HP which is pretty fucking good for a unit that now has to compete with Brave Lyn and face down Brave Ike) from the Tellus Banner because I can never seem to pull a Banner unit during their actual Banner; also got a 4 star Ogma for inheritance, 4 star Merric for something something, a 4 star Olivia to replace one of my useless 3 stars and lets me perform a Klein's Harem strategy, and a 3 star Beruka because I can't not pull at least one piece of trash per session).

Also, judging from the title of the next T_T, I think I'm in a good position with having Mist for the 1.4x multiplier (my prediction is Ike, Brave Ike, Elincia and Mist with the 1.2xers being Soren, Titania, Nephenee and the designated Askr representative).

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (no not X)
« on: September 16, 2017, 07:31:05 PM »
At least there's been the occasional Bunny Girl.

But yeah, something like a Duck Girl would be an interesting alternative.

XB2 looks pretty all right, but I agree the cast doesn't look as fun and from what little I've seen from trailers (I'm trying to stay on a media blackout as long as I can) just doesn't seem as intriguing and hits a lot of tropes that have been done before.  I will admit between the Controller and CE I'm amazed how fast I was still willing to throw down their asking price... for shame, Dicey, for shame.

Where are you finding listings for the CE? I've looked everywhere but online and maybe BestBuy but I've found nothing so far.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys VIII
« on: September 16, 2017, 01:53:04 PM »
That being said, if you're planning on playing Ys Origin on the PC/Steam, for the love of god, get yourself a controller. Trying to fumble around with that one boss on a keyboard, even on Normal, is going to be a nightmare.

My god this. M&K is a blight upon gaming to begin with, but I have no idea how they expected anyone to accomplish anything without a controller.
^ funny  a lot of the master race feels the same about controllers, and go ape-shit when a pc game/ port  does not have proper mouse and keyboard support.  I abhor playing anything besides MMOs and CRPGS with a M&K setup.

It really depends on the game. Some do better with a dozen or more macros available to use (like RTSes), while others really need you pressing 4 or 5 keys down at once to keep up with the action (and most computers don't like that many keys pressed at once).

Ys Origin is distinctly within the latter's camp where you often need to input directions beyond ←↑→↓ while charging attacks and jumping over obstacles, especially during boss fights.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys VIII
« on: September 16, 2017, 10:30:12 AM »
Right after Ys II would best, I think. That makes it most likely you'll catch all the references.

As for gameplay, unless you plan on digging up all sorts of very old Ys-games, you'll jump right from 'we don't have enough buttons to let Adol attack like a normal person' to 'very smooth and fast-paced action RPG'. But Ys Origin is a bit of a outlier to begin with. Instead of an island to explore, you get this almost metroidvania-like dungeon. Which is awesome, if you ask me, but... it's not the typical Ys adventure.

I wouldn't call Ys Origin a Metroidvania so much as a Metroid II style game, as while each section of the tower is treated as its own mini-dungeon, you're also nearly constantly moving from one section to the next with little reason to revisit older sections once completed.

That being said, if you're planning on playing Ys Origin on the PC/Steam, for the love of god, get yourself a controller. Trying to fumble around with that one boss on a keyboard, even on Normal, is going to be a nightmare.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: September 15, 2017, 06:58:12 AM »
Zephiel was still worth 5 staring just for the built-in Threaten Def 2 debuff. Although at this point, there's no longer any reason to continue slumming it with Draug and Gwendolyn as I now have two Effies, a 5 star Sheena and the BK when he shows up.

Also poor Nephenee is pretty much SI fodder now due to her poor Atk stat (she's basically a faster Ephraim, but Wrath is too valuable to leave on someone with 34 Atk (and that's with an Atk+ boon). Although it'll take two of her to fully kit someone out.

Elincia meanwhile is a goddamn monster and has made anyone who ever really invested into Caeda or Palla regret it now. Especially since that teleportation skill is in her B slot and has a free slot for Flier Emblem shenanigans. Pairing her with Cody, a green like Minerva/Cherche/Camilla and a Flying Tome would make one hell of a team (of course half of the buffs are still locked to Hinoka and Minerva and Flying Tomes are still Event Only which leaves True Flier Emblem available to only the rich and the lucky).

Oscar has a pretty general spread for a mounted unit which means that he's unremarkable barring significant SI and his design sucks (Stupid Sexy Oscar). He's great SI fodder if he ends up as a 4 star which the game seems to be reluctant to make anyone these days (they must really be gearing up for a 6 star tier).

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: September 15, 2017, 06:11:26 AM »
My plan for Kagero is to make her into a unit that can counter most low-def infantry units. My stack of mage-counters is on the short side, which sometimes make later Arena Assault Battles more difficult than they should be. Kagero would help in that department.

You know who I think will be the unit we'll get during the next Tempest Trials (now that Nephenee is in a banner)? I think it's going to be the Black Knight.

Black Knight has GHB written all over him. I'm betting the freebie is something like Boyd or Mia. Probably not Mia, because she's probably too popular to waste on something like this. Maybe even Rhys, if they really hate us. (But if they love us, they'll give Rhys Wrathful Staff.)

Now, if they're nice, they'll give us Astrid so the people who didn't get Bow-Lyn (bowling?) can have a bow knight of their own. Of course, Astrid will probably suck compared to Lyn, but hey, free is free. Plus, she'll probably have a skill that boosts exp for herself and other archers. You could use her to train a unit that's actually good.

But Intelligent Systems isn't that nice. Or atleast, won't be that nice until they forget how Camus and Xander changed the meta. So I'm putting my money on Boyd. He's a recognisable character but nobody expects him to be good.

I was thinking Brom myself to go with Nephenee. Or FE9 Sothe which will be appropriate as he's perfect trainee material and he'll still suck (though they could give him Stiletto or Baselard; probably the former since again, FE9).

Plus if they gave Astrid any sort of gains boosting skill, it'd be the Bow SP x2 one since Faye already has the Exp x2 one.

Edit: Before I forget; my t_t score was roughly 79k-ish and I ranked 80XX for 6k feathers. Not bad as I simply burned a single Stamina potion per day and the last two days I spent a bunch of Stamina on Female Robin.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: September 15, 2017, 01:47:51 AM »
I'd argue that daggers were pretty bad from day 1 purely because of their role. They're designed to be low-damage debuffers in a game that favors a massive amount of OHKOing. Kagero is only good because she has the kit to fill the latter role against infantry, which of course fell off due to the pony and flying pony meta. Then recently they give one of the best debuff skills to an archer most players got a free copy of (on top of her just being a strong unit anyway).

Also taking a second look at Nephenee...she's almost worth pulling just for her skills, because every single one is great (slaying lance has obvious uses, atk/spd if you dont like fury recoil and wrath works on everyone). The problem is that you just know Oscar will pity break you over and over if you try to pull for her.

I wouldn't even pull an Oscar. I'd be lucky to get a +Spd/-Atk Cain again to wipe my pity rate or something.

But man, its even worse for Daggers than just low Atk. Basically anybody could debuff as well or better than Dagger units since Daggers focus on Def & Res and have to attack from 2 Range which most every major attacker unit in the current Meta does (or at least counters at) which generally equals a dead Dagger user and typically a failed mission since most of the game's challenge is built around keeping your guys alive. Just sticking a Seal Def or Res on a pair of units can achieve similar or better results and can probably attack at 1 or 2 Range which is a lot more flexible and less liable to end with a unit's death (and plenty of builds already do this, even Brave Weapon+ users could just slap Seal Def on their B slot and make their lackluster Atk stat much more useful on top of helping out the team).

And hell, it was basically Ephraim who heralded the end of Dagger Users relevancy with his two flavors of Def Debuffs on top of his even more useful Atk buffing Prf, and that was even before Inheritance. A bulky physical attacker with all the tools he wants and needs to be generally useful, and even after the Meta caught up, he's still a solid de/buffer.

Getting back to my bad luck with Banners, my efforts to pull a second CYL unit failed miserably with nothing of value to show for my second and last draw of the second attempt. I've since accepted my fate and pulled a Brave Lyn and am now gearing up for not pulling Elincia or Nephenee (of course, I wish their designs were better, but I'll live with what I can get). Also Burger King is more likely to be the next GHeB since he can still pull double duty as the next T_T's final boss. No idea who's gonna be the next T_T freebie, if anybody.

Meanwhile, I still wish that Arena Assault didn't completely suck ballz but its damn near unplayable now and its gonna get a whole lot worse once those Coins' true purpose are revealed.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (no not X)
« on: September 14, 2017, 10:51:49 PM »
I don't understand the excitement. I was a fan of XBC and XBCX and this looks like a few steps backwards from both those titles.

Because Takahashi still hasn't given up on his mad dream of fully exploring the Xenowhatever mythos and I'm in too deep to turn back now.

At the very least, I'm hoping for something else to come out of XBCX's plot beyond a glorified prologue to a game we'll never get (and probably wouldn't want anyways).

But yeah, the cast looks a whole lot weaker than XBC1s, but I'm hoping that Red Boobies Chick is a lot more relevant to the plot than just as MC's Chick Sword and walking Plot MacGuffin that the trailers basically make her look like (one of the few nice things about XBCX was that Elma was essentially as close to the game's actual protagonist role as the game's actual protagonist was (if not more so); if only everything else about that game hadn't been so badly wasted).

At least the MC's diving helmet has finally been justified (of course, nothing could justify those assless pants).

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: September 14, 2017, 06:37:43 AM »
Its less that and more that Dagger users have really fallen off in terms of viability over the course of the evolving meta. Bows are basically the only Colorless units still worth a damn due to their Anti-Flier nature and Brave Bows+.

Meanwhile, I'm eating blue crow here too. Elincia made it in alongside Oscar and Nephenee for a random FE9 assortment rather than pulling from any one group (and the Laguz are still doomed to being a lousy/gimmicky/ill-conceived gameplay mechanic). That being said, at least Amiti is only carrying a -2 Spd penalty instead of also buffing her Def and Res. About time we received a good Red Flier. Also, Neph may not be the T_T freebie (watch it be Sothe lol), but that also means that she's allowed to be good. Wrath is amazing and of course she's carting along the Slaying Lance+ to complete the upgrade (plus Moonbow is already a solid Special that she'll be running 100% of the time after taking some damage, just add Reciprocal Aid).

Anyways, since there really isn't anybody I want out of this banner (okay, Elincia would be nice, but I doubt I'll pull her and I've got a few Tellus characters in case of T_T), I don't feel so bad about blowing all of my Orbs on CYL (or I would if I had gotten more out of it than a lousy Roy).

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (no not X)
« on: September 13, 2017, 10:07:09 PM »
I feel that we're overlooking something...

...oh right. A confirmed release date and SE. This continues to be a busy week (Ys VIII, Samus Returns, and now more preorders).

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys VIII
« on: September 13, 2017, 09:42:22 PM »
and that Adol is an amazingly detailed sperg to find the time and ability to 'recall' all of these events without losing any details and record them into journals for historian narrators to read.
To be fair, his recollection wasn't perfect. I mean there are what? Three versions of the events of Ys 4 because the historian narrators can't figure out what happened? I realize the most recent release is the "most accurate" version of events, but still his journal wasn't perfect on that adventure. :p

Nah, that was just hearsay that went unconfirmed until recently when the historian finally dug up Adol's journals on the matter. They're still looking for Adol's true account of Ys V.

That being said, Ys III....

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