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#13799510 Zelda Breath of the Wild - gameplay discussion

Posted by Strength&defiance on 07 August 2017 - 02:38 PM

I feel like SS's only major weakness were the waggle controls. If it wasn't for the many annoying bits that required waggle, it would have been in the top tier of Zelda games for me. 


I was hoping that SS got ported to the Wii U for full HD visuals, but (since that's def not happening) I'm thinking maybe Switch would be better and they couldn't force waggle controls. But I also wonder if anyone will want to go back to the old non-Skyrim Zelda format. 

Hard to say, though so far Nintendo remastered Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, Wind Waker and Twilight Princess, so I wouldn't be too surprised if Skyward Sword gets one on the Switch as well. We can dream!

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Posted by Strength&defiance on 02 August 2017 - 02:42 PM

I'll admit, it does feel like that at first, even huge Persona fans like myself find it a bit slow in the beginning. But you really have to take your time with this game, they even tell you during the loading screens. For me, I didn't really get into it until around the 2nd dungeon when you have a group of 4. And it took me till around the 3rd or 4th dungeon to fall in love with it. By the time I reached the half way point, I already thought it was the greatest RPG I've ever played.


It's definitely an experience I recommend though, it's unlike any other series out there. Playing through it will change you as a gamer, and mature you as a person. In terms of gaming, it's an experience like climbing Mount Everest in the Himalayas, or walking along The Great Wall of China, or graduating college and getting your diploma. It's a game that will reshape your ways of thinking, and months after you completed it, the characters, story, music will still linger in your mind.


No, I do not work at Atlus, and I am not a spokesperson. It's just a really captivating game, that's all. Take your time and enjoy!

I'm excited to play Persona 5, particularly given your high praise. I can think of few games that were as impact full as P5 was to you, though Final Fantasy X and the Last of Us would rank among them.

#13791551 Official Mass Effect: Andromeda Discussion (Hype/Speculation/Anticipation)

Posted by Strength&defiance on 28 July 2017 - 03:17 PM

Right I believe he was stating you might have a different perspective on it after you played Andromeda as many times as either Mass Effect - and nobody is saying you must in order for it to be what you've expected (I hope you understand what I'm trying to say lol). I was thinking about it tonight while I was staring up at the stars while walking my dog, god I love space. Maybe that's just it, I don't care that this isn't Bioware's magnum opus, it's a hell of a thing to be able to experience traveling and exploring a whole new galaxy - with all the lore and species I loved from the originals. Oh the team members haven't really grown on fans of the trilogy and I can understand that, some of them were in three games which originated a decade ago, yeah a decade.


I think I played Mass Effect 8 times as well, there was a reason to play multiple playthroughs even so when each ME2 and ME3 were over and you wanted to go through it from inception.

I'm fine with Andromeda being a spin off and existing as its own thing.


#13789119 Official Mass Effect: Andromeda Discussion (Hype/Speculation/Anticipation)

Posted by Strength&defiance on 26 July 2017 - 02:20 PM

Man, I wish I felt the same way.  I don't even know what the high points for me were in this game.  Wait!  It was Drack's loyalty mission.  That was my favorite.  Followed by Vetra's.  And those were like "just okay" missions from ME3, if I were to compare.  No, I take that back.  Not one mission in Andromeda can live up to the original trilogy.  God, I hate being negative, but I really hate Mass Effect Andromeda. 

Man what a bummer to hear you say that not a single mission in ME:A is of the same caliber as previous entries in the game. I *might* play the remaining five hours of the trial just to see if it gets better, but I get the sneaking suspicion this game will be relegated to the dustbin of history for me.  

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Posted by Strength&defiance on 26 July 2017 - 02:18 PM

Crisis Core for PSP is one of my favorite games of all time, not just for the PSP but all gaming in general. I would recommend you play the PSP and DS games 1st, especially if you collect trophies, since most of the older games will probably seem pretty dated.


Another approach would be to just mix them up, and it might feel a bit fresh playing games on different platforms at the same time.


Either way, I highly recommend Crisis Core, it might not be that amazing though years after, and if you have previously played FF7. But it's still a great showcase for what the PSP could do. The battle system reminded me a bit of Lightning Returns and is pretty fun. Story might get a bit long though, and you already know what happens if you've played FF7 or watched Advent Children before. I would recommend not getting to much into the side quests, especially since there's no trophies in this one, and focus mainly on the story. 

Thanks for the advice, I remember being very excited to play CC:FFVII when it first came out and then I never even put it in my system! With the remake coming out in the next 2+ years, now might be the right time for a stroll down memory lane. 

#13788249 Official Mass Effect: Andromeda Discussion (Hype/Speculation/Anticipation)

Posted by Strength&defiance on 25 July 2017 - 04:38 PM

I downloaded ME: A for the free 10 hour trail and I couldn't get five hours in. The opening was bland and uninspired, the characters uninteresting. The gameplay, particularly the car in the open-world sections on planets just wasn't fun for me.

Not sure I would pick this up even for free. How we have fallen from ME:2

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Posted by Strength&defiance on 25 July 2017 - 02:32 PM

Since everyone else is weighing in, I'll say play Ghost Trick first. It is relatively short, simple, but well written and really uses the DS. Perhaps my favorite DS game.


I'd also say Zero Escape, but that's assuming you've played 999 (preferably on the DS - perhaps my *2nd* favorite DS game).  Otherwise, play/watch 999 (whole title now Zero Escape: Nine Persons, Nine Hours, Nine Doors)  first.

So I probably got about half-way through Ghost Trick when it first came out, and even though I was really enjoying it I think I got lost in a puzzle somewhere and let it drift to the back of the game shelf. I recently played one of the phoenix wright games and really enjoyed that, and it reminded me a lot of Ghost Trick. I'll let you know what it's like the second time around.


Thanks for the advice to watch/play 999, I've heard that the story is pretty important to this series, though I was planning on just jumping into Zero Escape. I think I'll youtube the series this weekend, thanks 

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Posted by Strength&defiance on 24 July 2017 - 08:33 PM

Some excellent games on that list. 


Dishonored 2, Tactics Ogre would be at top of list. Jeanne D'Arc is perhaps the biggest sleeper SRPG ever made. 

Thanks man! I agree Jeanne D'Arc is criminally not well known. It's like a pre-French revolution take on Final Fantasy Tactics or Tactics Ogre. 

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Posted by Strength&defiance on 24 July 2017 - 06:08 PM

I made a list this weekend of games that I own but that I want to go back to. Many of them I never finished, and I'm at the point where I think I won't buy new games until I make headway on this list. Thought I'd share!
* Chrono Trigger (1995, 2008)
* Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective (2011)
* New Super Mario Bros. (2006) 
* Bravely Second: End Layer (2016)
* Fire Emblem Fates (2015)
* The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998, 2011)
* Luigi's Manion: Dark Moon (2013)
* New Super Mario Bros. 2 (2012)
* Pushmo (2011)
* Shovel Knight (2014)
* Super Mario 3D Land (2011)
* Child of Light (2014)
* Dishonored 2 (2016)
* Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD (2001, 2003; 2015)
* Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014) 
* Uncharted 2 & 3 (2009, 2011; 2015)
* Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (2008)
* Jeanne d'Arc (2007)
* Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep (2010)
* Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (2010)
* Tactics Ogre: Let us Cling Together (1995, 2011)
* Day of the Tentacle (1993, 2016)
* Muramasa: The Demon Blade (2009, 2013)
* Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time (2013)
* Sound Shapes (2012) 
* The Unfinished Swan (2014) 
* Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward (2012)

#13782847 Nintendo 3DS - General Discussion Thread

Posted by Strength&defiance on 19 July 2017 - 03:07 PM

I buy fire emblem games for my kids all time. I have bought my own 3ds but getting awakening and the newer ones are hard to find new at a normal price for physical copies. Is there a way to get the digital copies cheaper? Does the e shop ever have a sale of the games? I figure if i combine that with when best buy sells points discounted I could be good. 

The eShop occasionally has deals on games, the biggest discounts I've seen are generally 30-50%. I generally look at IGN's Daily Deals and a few other places for news on price drops on games. I've been able to get very good deals on Nintendo games this way, though sometimes you have to be patient. Hope this helps!

#13778887 PlayStation Vita or Nintendo Switch?

Posted by Strength&defiance on 14 July 2017 - 03:03 PM

I agree with everything BlackRockWaifu said above. The Vita doesn't have many gems in its library, but the ones it does shine brightly. Particular favorites are Persona 4: Golden (which pretty much justifies the purchase alone), Masamune, Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward, Odin Sphere Leifthraiser (mind-numingly gorgeous on the 1st generation OLED screen), and a few others.


There's also a great back catalogue of PSP games you can buy digitally, most for pretty cheap. I always love have Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker ready to go in less than a minute. I hope this helps!

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Posted by Strength&defiance on 14 July 2017 - 02:57 PM

Ha. Good catch. To clarify ...


The first run was when it first came out and I had to share the game with my roommates ... put in maybe like 30 hours, didn't think much of it. 


Years later, I learned about the Danjuro and how rare it is. And then I learned about a lot of other things the game has to offer. I played it basically to the point where I could have beaten it whenever I wanted to, but instead I was searching for rare loot or trying to beat rare optional bosses. I never got some of the other things I was searching for ... Ended up getting married, buying a place, moving, etc and never revisited the game again.


(EDIT): You have to understand, this game is nuts when it comes to drop rates. And sometimes, certain enemies have low APPEARANCE rates + rare items with low DROP RATES. It's the worst game for someone like me lol


I'm going to try and do that and then some with this game. And I must say, the new features, graphics, are going to go a long way. Right now, I feel like this is the best game ever. 


As an aside & regarding game play ....... 


So far, I really like the new twist with the jobs. A LOT. I think it is so cool to be able to customize your party members to have certain, specific roles. There are more spells/skills versus previous version. Like, I'm making Vaan a Samurai but also a Knight, because Samurais attack wicked fast with their weapons and pull off combos, but lack STR -- something Knight class offers. Knight also offers healing capabilities. It's this sort of customization that is a lot of fun for me. 


I also plan on having an ultimate healer + supporter (White Mage + Time Mage) and a deathly offensive mage (Red Mage + Black Mage) as well as a specific class that can deal massive dark damage ... 




FF games that I have played (all US versions) 


FF 2

FF 3

FF 7 (incredible game, maybe this is second. But I currently have it ranked third)

FF 8

FF 9 (such an underrated game ... tried to get Save The Queen sword ... failed) 

FF 10

FF 12

FF 13 (yuck, didn't stick around long here) 

FF 15 (Again, really amazing game, but chapter 15 really messed things up) 


If you look at my trade list, you'll see I own nearly every FF and various FF spin offs like tactics for the GBA, for example

<3 FFIX. I agree with you that it is an underrated game. I recently replayed it for the first time since the early 2000s on my Vita, and I was surprised by how vibrant and crisp the world still was. FFIX is my favorite in the series in that it is a love letter to any FF fan who ever played the NES and SNES Final Fantasies. I'd like to the pick the XII remaster and XV when they get to like $20.

#13778882 Xbox One X, Minecraft Xbox One LE Console Preorders

Posted by Strength&defiance on 14 July 2017 - 02:54 PM

I picked up a PS4 Pro last weekend and have definitely noticed a big difference on games with 4K and HDR. Ratchet & Clank in particular looks like playing a Pixar movie at times. I'd be very interested in getting an XB1X for maybe like $300 or so, mostly for the UHD Blu-Ray player and the one or two exclusives that haven't made it to the playstation (like Cuphead). 

#13769420 Is this a good time to Upgrade to PS4 Pro?

Posted by Strength&defiance on 05 July 2017 - 07:41 PM

Well you definitely set yourself up for the PS5 whenever it comes out so you shouldn't feel too bad about buying the 4k TV without the PS4 Pro.  Though, if you aren't straddled for cash, then the Pro is probably worth the upgrade.  Good luck with the decision though.

Thanks for the comment. I am slightly interested in buying an XBOX One X if it ever came down to like $300 so I could play my 360 games and enjoy the 2 exclusives Microsoft has this generation. I'll let y'all know if I ever make a decision!

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Posted by Strength&defiance on 05 July 2017 - 05:13 PM

If you are going for a specific achievement it is about 30% trial and error. Most of the time your plan will go accordingly, but sometimes, things will go south, and they'll go south quick. 


If you're asking whether this is a guns blazing type of game, or a heavy stealth game like Deus Ex, it's honestly either or both. The game developers did an excellent job to cater toward anyone's play style. If you crave a good challenge, stealth might be your cup of tea. Super rewarding. Then again, combat can also be rewarding, too.


In many cases, taking out enemies quietly is far more effective then fighting them head-to-head. So props to anyone who can walk up to four enemies and wipe them all out. 


In my case, I didn't want to kill anyone, but if that wasn't the case, there would be far, far, less reloading. You literally have an arsenal of options to handle any situation at your disposal. 


The game developers knows there are people like me, so there is a quick save and quick reload feature: When you press start, you can hold R2 (quick save) or L2 (quick load) for about two seconds before jumping back to game play. 


There were only a handful of times that I got annoyed. I want to say the game really opens up about Mission 5, when the levels become so much fun and there are so many different ways to tackle objectives and your character has upgraded several perks/skills.


That's when it really becomes fun. 

Thanks for letting us know what you thought of D2! You've inspired me to give it another shot, just after I'm done replaying Super Mario Galaxy!