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Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Reply #6750 on: Yesterday at 06:23:20 PM »
Since everyone is finishing stuff... I finished Star Ocean 1

Wanted to go back to it for some time and did it this weekend.
I'm surprised how short the game is. I remembered it being longer. I powered through it in a single day.
I also didn't remember the game being this easy. I feel like I bulldozed over everything and only had a bit of trouble against the last boss (bit of trouble = actually used revive items)

I think, having replayed it and killed my rose tinted glasses, that I'd order my appreciation of the SO serie like this now:
SO2 > SO3 > SO1 > SO4 > SOBS

If you're talking SO1 SO1 and not the PSP remake of SO1, I noticed you can kind of spam the basic attack a lot more than you could in SO2 which sort of shuts a lot of the regular enemies down since the AI is on different attack rules than the player? (IIRC enemies and your CPU-controlled buddies get like two attacks before they need a cooldown, whereas the player controlled character gets three and there's less of a cooldown?)

A Night in the Woods - Did another day.

Tales of Rebirth - Looked around for discoveries. Found the salt lake, Sulz's mufmuf population, a woodpecker, a commemorative statue about some bridge, and Minal's SWEET TREE VIEWING AREA. Not clear if you discover something by running into it or by hitting the circle button near it.

Mercenary 3: Dion Crisis - Played a bit of this via MDDClone out of nostalgia but like the opening bit has you talking to this real estate mogul that's running for president and then he sends you to his casino planet and I can only take so much reverse mimesis before my mind starts screaming.
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Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Reply #6751 on: Today at 02:31:28 AM »
After a hiatus I'm back at playing FE Conquest. Up to Chapter 21 now, and I've been having an easier time now that I have access to all the royals. Still can't charge around like crazy like I did in Birthright, but it's nice having units that actually do some damage. Conquest seems to love its stage gimmicks, but I don't mind that too much, it does allow each map to be unique and interesting at the cost of a somewhat inconsistent difficulty curve. Also not sure how to feel about its love for throwing triggered reinforcements on almost every map. Being a really defensive player, I tend to miss out on a lot of chests from just opting to clear the map rather than dealing with the reinforcements.

Outside the royals Effie's still doing a lot for me, but Odin's probably overtaking her as my MVP. A lot of the time I can send him into a crowd with Nosferatu then send everyone else in the next turn to clean everything up. Odin's also a great character to cheese bosses with since I can just keep him topped off until he feels like critting something. My dud character is definitely Selena. I don't know if I just got bad rolls on her, but she has terrible STR even after promoting to Hero and half the time she's dinking for single digits. Lazlow has more STR even on Bow Knight.

I kinda forgot what was happening in the story while I was on my hiatus, but 5 seconds into a cutscene I remembered that I don't care. It's probably not good if the Awakening characters are the ones I feel the most attached to.

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Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Reply #6752 on: Today at 06:33:50 AM »
but 5 seconds into a cutscene I remembered that I don't care.

Pretty much Fates' story in a nutshell

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Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Reply #6753 on: Today at 08:56:37 AM »
but 5 seconds into a cutscene I remembered that I don't care.

Pretty much Fates' story in a nutshell

So sad.  What happened?

Support convos are still good and fun, but... there needs to be a real plot to go with them.  Where is the team that wrote Path of Radiance??
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Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Reply #6754 on: Today at 10:41:27 AM »
but 5 seconds into a cutscene I remembered that I don't care.

Pretty much Fates' story in a nutshell

So sad.  What happened?

Support convos are still good and fun, but... there needs to be a real plot to go with them.  Where is the team that wrote Path of Radiance??

The lead writer retired (or something).

For Fates specifically though, they first outsourced the outline to a prolific (though not particularly good) manga writer, who provided a rough draft, which IntSys threw a team of other writers to cobble together into two games, then realizing that they wanted a third, true route, gutted the Conquest side in order to give the Senran Kagura writer enough material to form Revelations around.

Thus you have three games where one side is all about getting the Princes back together to fight the bad guys, another where you're an agent of the bad guys except nothing ever happens or ever sticks to Corrin because s/he doesn't want to be a bad guy for the first half, while the second half randomly drops you into not-Zeal which leads to the party's sudden decision to annex Hoshido for some Rube Goldberg plot devicing, and a third where a bunch of mysteries brought up by Conquest gets solved half an hour into the campaign and the rest of the time is filled with either getting almost everybody on board (starting with Glorious Nippon of course) or flipping Dragon Vein switches in the various fields and dungeons of not-Zeal.

Granted a lot of this is speculation based upon supposition of the fact that Azura didn't even exist as of the initial draft (but I suspect Azura was brought in to take 'some' of the Power Fantasy off of Corrin, especially when you can easily see a situation where Corrin randomly falls into Valla and spends the rest of the game trying to convince everyone else to listen to him/her because s/he's the only one who is right, versus Corrin getting lead to Valla by Azura, who tells him/her why the matter can only be resolved in Revelations' route instead of Conquest's, and spends the rest of the game trying to convince everyone else to listen to him/her because s/he's the only one who is right.


The tl;dr is that a mediocre to bad plot outline was overseasoned by too many chefs, then carved up into too many pieces and served underdone.


It also doesn't help that most of the characters (which is where FE's greatest writing strength lies) were one-note gimmicks tied to a Prince/ss or to Corrin. The Awakening Trio are standouts due to having literally something to them besides their gimmick of Chunni/Egotistical Spender/Playboy.

Nor does the continued mountain of supports that somehow lead to Love and Marriage and Babies stored in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber from Dragon Ball.
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Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Reply #6755 on: Today at 11:04:21 AM »
The equipment system is certainly the titles personal achilles heal. It is so however, only because the game does a piss poor job of explaining it

This was my thing with Graces f as well. I felt like I wasn't completely understanding the Dualization system... After skimming a guide someone was awesome enough to write up, I've learned so much more than the game ever bothered to mention.

Anyway, I appreciate all of the input on Zestiria, fellas. I've decided to pass (at least for now), because I'm still working on Graces f, and I just recently picked up Xillia from PSN for $5.



As for my own journalizin':

Tales o' Graces f - Finished up in the Rockgagong's gut, and made my way to the Strahtan capital. Did some pointless running around the city so that the plot could be moved along.
I've decided to put Malik back into the party, replacing Pascal. Although I appreciate Pascal's post-battle banter much more, Malik is better in actual battle, in my opinion.

Borderlands 2 - Took down Wilhelm. Just found Sanctuary again after it was... relocated. Currently handling some of the smaller quests that just became available.

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Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Reply #6756 on: Today at 11:14:56 AM »
I just recently picked up Xillia from PSN for $5.


You're in for a treat.  Xillia has problems, of course, but the story, characters, and battles are all quite good.  My favorite Tales moment is beating Xillia's colosseum.  So much fun.
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Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Reply #6757 on: Today at 11:19:43 AM »
Malik is better in actual battle, in my opinion.

Malik is beast.
I got the Defeated Last Boss of "F" in less than X amount of time by making a party of 4 Malik.
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