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#451 The Crotch   There are ten sticks of dynamite waiting for you. CAGiversary!   14940 Posts   Joined 12.6 Years Ago  

Posted 12 September 2018 - 03:34 PM

I'm nearly done with Deadfire now. Finishing up a few sidequests before moving to the final area.

 

It's a major improvement over the first Pillars, albeit one with its fair share things weighing it down yet. The DLC was a bit of a slog, too. A lot of interesting stuff in it, but it was just packed with nonthreatening enemies with tons of HP and healing abilities.



#452 Draekon   Kung-Fu Panda CAGiversary!   5691 Posts   Joined 13.1 Years Ago  

Posted 13 September 2018 - 12:37 PM

That seems to be a common theme with a lot of games unfortunately. Hopefully the other two expansions improve on that front.

 

I finished Dragon Quest XI, but will probably check out the postgame story that was hinted at during the final scenes prior to saving my game. The game is solid and has some heavy themes that are handled pretty well. A few of the jokes are executed poorly and felt out of place, but in general they weren't terrible. I think my biggest issue is still not enough quality of life additions even though there are a lot over older games. Namely the battle system. Christ it's still as slow as its ever been. Especially since I seem to recall DQIX being much quicker. They really needed a battle speed option or toggle. Thankfully I went through it on PC, so I used CheatEngine to map a controller button to switch between 3x speed and normal speed. I ended up falling victim to using it out of battle here and there towards the end because the game did feel like it was dragging a little, but I cut roughly 30 hours of game time off by using it which is pretty ridiculous. Though I think once or twice was putting the speed to 50 or 100x to change day to night rather than going to a nearby camp out of curiosity sake, but that should only count as a couple hours at most.

 

Overall I'd think I'd recommend it if you can tolerate slower battle systems. The game is pretty lengthy for sure.



#453 R. Kasahara   The Artist Formerly Known as ブルー神羅 CAGiversary!   4253 Posts   Joined 12.8 Years Ago  

Posted 17 September 2018 - 06:22 PM

Might as well update with my own RPG playing. The most recent ones I beat were Final Fantasy (via the NES Classic) and Alphadia Genesis (on Steam).

This was my first time playing Final Fantasy in any form, and although it hasn't aged well (speaking of slow battles...), it's reasonably accessible for an adventure game/RPG of its vintage-- I never once got hopelessly stuck. Also, it was neat to see the series' origins, and I especially liked how well Yoshitaka Amano's monster art was recreated in sprite form. I wrote a long post about the game here.

Alphadia Genesis was no Final Fantasy. It's rather generic and isn't even as good as some doujin JRPGs I've played. On the plus side, the story is fairly decent and the battle system's fun once the difficulty ramps up. No long post this time, but I did write a Steam review.

I also went to PAX West and tried out a few things, including Labyrinth of Refrain (which I later preordered) and Dragon Quest XI. Oh, and speaking of DQ...



#454 JEKKI   JEKKI WOO FOO FOO CAGiversary!   7044 Posts   Joined 15.1 Years Ago  

Posted 20 September 2018 - 05:54 AM

yay! congrats to me! I finally accomplished one of my long running gaming goals!!

 

started Xenoblade X up again late august... finally beat it last night!!

 

or rather I should say, finished the final story chapter... there's still a ton of post game >_<

 

and I'm gonna do some of it; the game is definitely a fun one,

 

but it's also a mess... way too many systems in place, apparently there's a level cap and the only way to beat a lot of the harder enemies is to play the metagame, which after 100 hours I still don't understand >_<

 

but more than that, the thing I hate about this game is grinding. It's a modern game that does still require grinding.

 

either grinding for EXP cuz you keep dying and there's literally no strategy you can do to win other than going up 5 levels,

 

grinding for affinity because a lot of side missions are locked behind character affinity requirements,

 

or grinding for money becoz Skells are expensive and once you buy one you still need to buy weapons, except you cant coz you spent all your money on the skell to begin with!!

 

regardless, I think I only have one post game mission I can take on right now without grinding, so I think I'll just do that one and call it a game.

 

but yay! glad to finally get this one done! now I still need to play Tokyo Mirage Sessions while my Wii U is still out lol. 



#455 The Crotch   There are ten sticks of dynamite waiting for you. CAGiversary!   14940 Posts   Joined 12.6 Years Ago  

Posted 01 October 2018 - 07:03 PM

BaCk On My BuLlShIt

 

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#456 Krymner   Yup, I think you're sexy CAGiversary!   3008 Posts   Joined 13.6 Years Ago  

Posted 09 December 2018 - 05:30 PM

Finished up a bunch of RPGs the last few months.

 

Dragon Quest XI: Easily my RPG of 2018. Loved it, and it has become my favorite of the DQ series. It isn't perfect, but the story and characters are wonderfully portrayed, the graphics are beautiful, the music is spot-on, and the gameplay mechanics are intuitive and fulfilling. I've beaten the main quest in about 80 hours, and there's still tons more to do, which I'm slowly working on now. Great DQ game.

 

Valkyria Chronicles 4 and VC: Remaster: I played both of these simultaneously. I will say I still think the first game is the best, but 4 had some good changes in the right direction. The first one was more challenging, but I liked the variety in 4's missions. I really hope they either decide to continue the series with a 5, or at least remaster 3 so I can finally play it.

 

Suikoden Tactics: Not that great of a tactics game, nor a great Suikoden game, but it feels good to have finally completed all the mainline games in the series. I thought Tactics was decent, but it had a lot of flaws, the biggest being the story was bland and absolutely none of the characters were interesting. The gameplay was good, if a bit frustratingly difficult at times.

 

Tales of Zesteria: Probably the worst Tales game I've played, but overall not terrible. The story and characters were good, but the combat and game mechanics were way off. Absolutely the shortest Tales game I've ever played; I was ready for the final dungeon in just over 30 hours, but I did a bunch of sidequests and still beat it under 40 hours.

 

 

Except for finishing up some loose-ends in DQ XI, I'm gonna give RPGs a rest for the remainder of the year and work on getting thru some other non-RPG titles.



#457 R. Kasahara   The Artist Formerly Known as ブルー神羅 CAGiversary!   4253 Posts   Joined 12.8 Years Ago  

Posted 09 December 2018 - 09:27 PM

I haven't been playing too many RPGs lately myself, though I saw the announcement trailer for Lapis x Labyrinth earlier today and it totally looks like my jam:



The last RPG I beat was Ambition of the Slimes. I wrote a review of it here; in short, it greatly emphasizes the "strategy" part of "strategy RPG", but if you can deal with that, and the accompanying difficulty, it's a fun and whimsical little game.
 

Tales of Zesteria: Probably the worst Tales game I've played, but overall not terrible. The story and characters were good, but the combat and game mechanics were way off. Absolutely the shortest Tales game I've ever played; I was ready for the final dungeon in just over 30 hours, but I did a bunch of sidequests and still beat it under 40 hours.

Huh, that is pretty short for Tales. Sounds like it ended up being about the right length, though, if it is as bad as you say.



#458 Draekon   Kung-Fu Panda CAGiversary!   5691 Posts   Joined 13.1 Years Ago  

Posted 13 December 2018 - 11:32 PM

I honestly haven't really played anything for about two months until just last week. I've mostly just been reading things for the past two months. November was literally hell for me. I started up playing Divinity: Original Sin 2 with a friend on the PS4, so I'm slowly going through that at two hours a day maximum. So I don't expect to be done anytime soon.

 

Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire had its third and final expansion release today too. So hopefully I can pick that up at some point in the next month or so.

 

I've always been somewhat interested in Ambition of Slimes, but I never pulled the trigger to actually play it.

 

Tales of Zesteria: Probably the worst Tales game I've played, but overall not terrible.

I see you haven't played Tales of Symphonia 2 then. Though I agree that Zesteria isn't that good, but Tales of Berseria is a lot better despite being a prequel set in the same world. They've made a lot of changes in the wrong direction with their last four games or so. Particularly with how equipment is, which is rather annoying.



#459 Krymner   Yup, I think you're sexy CAGiversary!   3008 Posts   Joined 13.6 Years Ago  

Posted 14 December 2018 - 07:12 AM

Huh, that is pretty short for Tales. Sounds like it ended up being about the right length, though, if it is as bad as you say.

I thought it was the perfect length for such a lackluster Tales game. If it were another 10+ hours long, it would have been a worse game, so I think the short length helped it.

 

I see you haven't played Tales of Symphonia 2 then. Though I agree that Zesteria isn't that good, but Tales of Berseria is a lot better despite being a prequel set in the same world. They've made a lot of changes in the wrong direction with their last four games or so. Particularly with how equipment is, which is rather annoying.

I actually didn't hate ToS 2, but yeah, I guess you're right, its probably worse than Zesteria. However, ToS 2 did have better villains; Zesteria's villains were so bland (unlike ToS 2's Alice, who was the true star of that game).  The whole equipment stuff with the skills was just more complicated than it needed to be. I mean, if you gotta have 30 skits just to explain how equipment skills work, its probably too convoluted, eh?

 

I've heard a lot of good stuff about Berseria, and I'm looking forward to playing it eventually, but I think I may play Vesperia next when the remaster is released next month. Never played the 360 one, and I've always heard how its one of the greatest Tales of games.



#460 Krymner   Yup, I think you're sexy CAGiversary!   3008 Posts   Joined 13.6 Years Ago  

Posted 28 December 2018 - 05:23 PM

I was given :ps4: Battle Chasers: Nightwar as a Christmas gift, so I started that up and am pleasantly surprised by how good it is. It is a solid turn-based RPG, with excellent graphics, good music, and some good ideas on the combat system. I remember back in the late 90's when the Battle Chaser comic was out and how it took forever between issues, then the artist finally just shelved it, ending it after less than 10 issues without finishing the story, and I never thought much about it since this game. It has inspired me to dig it out of my old comic collection and reread it...maybe someday in 2019 I'll get around to that.

 

 

So, what RPG's are everyone looking forward to in 2019?

 

 

My personal picks are the new Fire Emblem, and SMT V for the Switch, but the Tales of Vesperia remaster will be the next big RPG title I tackle. Not much of a Kingdom Hearts fan, but I know a lot of folks are really looking forward to that one. I'm also hoping that Wastelands 3 will be good.



#461 Draekon   Kung-Fu Panda CAGiversary!   5691 Posts   Joined 13.1 Years Ago  

Posted 28 December 2018 - 10:38 PM

I played Battle Chasers a bit and yeah, it's a pretty decent game. Put it down for co-op with a friend on something else and never went back to it though. Never seen the comic for it either. I (mostly) had X-Men comics growing up.

 

 

2019 titles? Let's see...

 

Nioh 2

Shin Megami Tensei V

Cyberpunk 2077 (Probably not 2019)

 

I do have some interest in Wasteland 3, Psychonauts 2, Ori and the Will of the Wisps and Fire Emblem as well. I backed Bloodstained, so I'll see how that turns out too. More on the side of random Indie games, I'm somewhat interested in Wargroove that's an ode to Advance Wars as well as Indivisible if it ever gets released. It'd be nice if Beyond Good & Evil 2 released in 2019 as well, but it's probably more Action-Adventure than RPG.

 

I have no interest in Kingdom Hearts 3 either. I didn't care for the Disney aspects in the second that bugged me too much to continue playing. I felt like that aspect took a nosedive in quality compared to the first one. I'll also be ignoring anything developed by Bioware, Bethesda or any Bethesda engine. Sad that Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is Switch only, so I may not get it as I don't want to pay for Online that I'd only use for a week or two at most.



#462 R. Kasahara   The Artist Formerly Known as ブルー神羅 CAGiversary!   4253 Posts   Joined 12.8 Years Ago  

Posted 29 December 2018 - 12:31 AM

So, what RPG's are everyone looking forward to in 2019?

Right now, just Etrian Odyssey Nexus, the Grandia remaster, Shin Megami Tensei V, and Lapis x Labyrinth interest me. Etrian will be a preorder or day one purchase for me, as usual, and I'll probably wait and see on the rest.

Oh, and Ys IX was announced recently, though not for a platform I currently own (PS4), so I'm hoping a PC version of that comes about. I'm a few Yses behind, though. Also still waiting on Barkley 2 :razz:

#463 Sir_Fragalot   wants Startropics 3. CAGiversary!   8692 Posts   Joined 13.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 30 December 2018 - 08:06 PM

Right now in 2019 I am really looking forward to The Other Worlds and if somehow Cyberpunk happens to come out, that. I will probably get Town and SMT V just to have in the collection but eh, got too much in the backlog to really focus on them. As this point RPG's are either buy if I think they may be a limited quantity thing, come with day one physical bonuses (steelbook, soundtrack etc) or wait for a sale unless I play one day one playing them.

 

I really want to go back to DQ XI, was enjoying what I played before I stopped but between RE 2 Remake and Anthem (assuming it's actually good), I don't want to stop midgame 45-50 hours in just to switch games and not come back to DQ XI (only have about 10 hours if that).



#464 panzerfaust  

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Posted 15 January 2019 - 03:35 AM

getting through BoFIV and i can't get enough of this samurai dog dude

 

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#465 panzerfaust  

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Posted 28 January 2019 - 08:42 PM

also playing Skies of Arcadia for the first time (using the free verison of redream and works like a charm), just met Ramirez. when villains go into another dimension for their attack you know it's about to hurt:

 

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#466 Krymner   Yup, I think you're sexy CAGiversary!   3008 Posts   Joined 13.6 Years Ago  

Posted 29 January 2019 - 05:08 PM

Skies of Arcadia was awesome. Those ship battles were great.

 

 

I'm only about 10 hours into Tales of Vesperia. Still not sold on it being the greatest Tales game, but its been good so far. I really like the characters, especially Patty.