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Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Reply #7470 on: August 14, 2017, 12:36:52 AM »
Set Darksiders 2 and FFXII:TZA aside as I try and catch up on the Neptunia games in anticipation of Cyberdimension (Yes, I 've reached peak garbage gamer when it comes to that series... Er... I mean... No, YOU'VE watched the new trailer 5 times)

Currently on Chapter 4 of Re:Birth 3. The game is a great entry, but there are WAY too many characters in the PC version with all the included DLC (Hell, there's both a standard and young version of IF and Compa, which is REALLY FRIGGIN' WEIRD!) and the fact that a lot of both mundane and useful features are locked behind the game's "Challenges" makes for some really annoying moments. For instance, in order to unlock "Menu Voices" for each character, you have to win a fight with low health 20 times. Now, this pretty much occurs naturally for characters you use a lot, but it's also a really tough thing to do intentionally (The game doesn't count it unless you lost majority of your health in that fight... so no going around farming at low HP). Which means for a good chunk of the game you have the same one or two characters quipping the same lines every time you open the menu (Well, I guess you could just not use the Menu Voices Plan, but... shut up.)

But I'm still having a lot of fun with it. I love how this series can get super serious (for lulz of course) about everything being canon simply because it's all meta nonsense anyway. Some of the new areas (finally!) have been kinda neat conceptually, like the grasslands made to look like a hex grid from a strategy game. And while I normally couldn't care less about the music in Neptunia games, the villain theme in this game is a really fun listen. Thematically it's a bit like a cross between Enigmatic Scheme from Unlimited SaGa and that pirate theme from Shadow Hearts 3.

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Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Reply #7471 on: August 14, 2017, 12:41:55 AM »
XBCN3DS: Welp. The Frontier Village/Alcamoth two-hit combo has struck again and now I'm trying to clear out a bunch of sidequests I stuck on the backburner. Given that this is the end of my summer vacation, my time for gaming will become very short in the near future, and its unlikely that I'll get out from this for awhile to come.
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Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Reply #7472 on: August 14, 2017, 01:39:56 PM »
Tales o Vesperia [Xbox 360] - Zaude has risen from the oceanic depths... It's good to have Ba'ul and Estelle back. I hate it when games make you go without your main healer for a while. I get that it's about mixing it all up, and presenting a different challenge, but that doesn't make it any less annoying.
I admit I consulted a FAQ for the solution to the angel statue puzzle while in Zaphias castle. I've disliked the layout of said castle ever since going there in the very beginning of the game, and I wasn't looking to spend any extra time there.

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Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Reply #7473 on: Yesterday at 04:23:40 AM »
So since Thracia 776 doesn't really have a good translation patch (apparently a better one is being worked on right now), I'll hold off on playing it for now. I guess I could just open some translation script on the internet or even brush up on my Japanese skills, but I'm feeling lazy. Decided to instead replay FE6, but I figured I might as well do something different so I'll try playing with the crappiest characters possible. Far as I can figure is:

Shoe-ins: Gwendolyn (Wendy), Cath, Sophia. Roy technically belongs here because he's probably the worst Lord in the series, but he's forced on you anyway.
Probably: Wolt, Ward, Lot, the other two Armors, Hugh.
Definitely Not: Any of the Cavaliers/Paladins, Dieck, Rutger, Shin, Melady, Niime, Yoder.

I'm open to suggestions.

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Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Reply #7474 on: Yesterday at 11:08:33 AM »
So since Thracia 776 doesn't really have a good translation patch (apparently a better one is being worked on right now), I'll hold off on playing it for now. I guess I could just open some translation script on the internet or even brush up on my Japanese skills, but I'm feeling lazy. Decided to instead replay FE6, but I figured I might as well do something different so I'll try playing with the crappiest characters possible. Far as I can figure is:

Shoe-ins: Gwendolyn (Wendy), Cath, Sophia. Roy technically belongs here because he's probably the worst Lord in the series, but he's forced on you anyway.
Probably: Wolt, Ward, Lot, the other two Armors, Hugh.
Definitely Not: Any of the Cavaliers/Paladins, Dieck, Rutger, Shin, Melady, Niime, Yoder.

I'm open to suggestions.

You're gonna want to head towards Illa for Juno then. You'll also probably want to grab Bartre and Elffin as well if for no other reason than to do things differently than the usual extra Gonzalez levels plus Larum and Echidna. Garret should also be on your list for breaking the looks convention harder than Gonzalez (on top of being another Axe using prepromote). In fact, try to stick to Axes and you should do fine for bad units. And I wouldn't underestimate the stank of some of your mounted options in this game. Marcus and Zelot are really bad past their expiration dates, and Cecilia also has a really bad start (although I suppose she is trainable if underwhelming). Elen's pretty bad as well if you need to resort to a Staffbot (and you will given all the Status Staves floating around). If you want to use Hugh either be as cheap as possible or buy him for full price then immediately permabench his ass.
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Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Reply #7475 on: Today at 03:01:03 AM »
Played most of the way through Okami in the past week. I made it to Kamui after about 13 hours of play, which I think is probably the fastest I've ever played through this game so far. Of course, that's mostly because of the new game plus feature, but even then I've never played through it so quickly. I should be able to finish it up this weekend.

I'm also kind of laughing somewhat because Capcom is releasing a port of Okami HD for the PS4 in December. This game must be just a solid money maker for them if they keep releasing it on each new system that comes along. And I'll probably be the sucker who buys it again. Oh well.

Anyway, the semester has started. I still have some free time over the weekend, but won't have much after that, so I may not be as active on the forums when that happens.

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Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Reply #7476 on: Today at 07:26:10 AM »
You're gonna want to head towards Illa for Juno then. You'll also probably want to grab Bartre and Elffin as well if for no other reason than to do things differently than the usual extra Gonzalez levels plus Larum and Echidna. Garret should also be on your list for breaking the looks convention harder than Gonzalez (on top of being another Axe using prepromote). In fact, try to stick to Axes and you should do fine for bad units. And I wouldn't underestimate the stank of some of your mounted options in this game. Marcus and Zelot are really bad past their expiration dates, and Cecilia also has a really bad start (although I suppose she is trainable if underwhelming). Elen's pretty bad as well if you need to resort to a Staffbot (and you will given all the Status Staves floating around). If you want to use Hugh either be as cheap as possible or buy him for full price then immediately permabench his ass.

Yeah, I'll probably use both Ellen and Clarine. Clarine's on a horse but I've honestly never found her that good because of her dinky Mag stat, whereas Ellen's a borderline case. Saul's the meta choice for healer so I'll skip him. Late-game there's way too many Berserk and Sleep staves flying around and without Restore staves the safest way to deal with it is to just wait the turns out before advancing (unless you're using all the gamebreakers, in which case you can probably just rush through map with your horses and fliers), which is just wasting time in the end.

Gonzales is a pretty decent unit even on the B route IIRC, and Bartre's a pretty decent prepromote too (though not as useful as Echidna), so I'll probably skip both of them. Trying to decide whether I'll allow myself to use Elffin. Lack of a dancer/bard would be cruel but necessary if I want to go all-in on torturing myself. I've actually never used Garret before so I suppose that'll be a nice mixup (though it'll suck needing to bring Lilina to recruit him when she'll probably be level 1 as I consider her a pretty solid character and inappropriate for this run).

Also yeah, Hugh will be bought for minimum price, of course. Anything else is not bad enough!