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Re: Video games! What have you been playing?

Postby Alice » August 10th, 2016, 8:35 pm

EarthPhantomTS wrote:So, umm...any chance someone will give Nintendo the middle finger and reupload it somewhere? Cause I'm getting sick and tired of all this shit :angry: , and it's distracting me to think about this when trying to do sexy stuffs.

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Those are roughly in preferential order. Zippyshare should work but only be used if you can't get it from one of the other two links because it's one of those shady download sites that's typically riddled with ads.
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Re: Video games! What have you been playing?

Postby EarthPhantomTS » August 10th, 2016, 9:08 pm

Alice wrote:
EarthPhantomTS wrote:So, umm...any chance someone will give Nintendo the middle finger and reupload it somewhere? Cause I'm getting sick and tired of all this shit :angry: , and it's distracting me to think about this when trying to do sexy stuffs.

Those are roughly in preferential order. Zippyshare should work but only be used if you can't get it from one of the other two links because it's one of those shady download sites that's typically riddled with ads.


Thanks. Anyway, it being certainly illegal makes it twice as fun Image! As Raocow might say (well, I saw a Tweet from Horikawa (I don't hate her; I like her enough to be subbed to her on stuffs) quoting Raocow as saying something like that anyway)

Also I'm bad about using words twice in two sentences :tundecided: . But I digress.

Anyway, back on topic, currently playing Final Fantasy III. And by that, I mean III, not VI (darn 90s marketing...). My personal favorite of the NES trilogy, although actually I'm playing the remake version (on PSP; probably the best way to play it now since Nintendo shut down Wifi for the DS, but on the PSP version, you don't have to email (Mooglemail?) real people to get the Onion Knight and Master Blacksmith. In fact, there's no option to Mooglemail real people :tundecided:). Right now, I'm in Nepto Temple, hoping to find a Wererat before long.
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Re: Video games! What have you been playing?

Postby Speedless » August 21st, 2016, 6:54 am

At this point, I think it's safe to say I've "finished" Tofu Tower. I had little trouble climbing up to floor 120 not long after I first reached floor 100, and on my most recent run of the tower, I defeated the Overpowering Presence superboss--twice--without breaking a sweat. That's mostly thanks to the reward I got for defeating the OP earlier--and about that reward... I think it's suitably powerful without being too powerful--pretty nicely balanced. To clarify without being spoilery, I'll keep the card's name and how it works in this spoiler box. Ye who want to try Tofu Tower, open at your own risk!
The card you get for defeating the OP, Databun, starts out as "useless but interesting." At low levels, she's weaker than the cards you start the game with, but her low cost means she can easily be played alongside four really costly cards, contributing a little extra damage. Starting around level 75, though, her HP and Attack skyrocket--past about level 110, she's better than any other card at a similar level. At level 143, she has more than 30,000 HP and LITERALLY OVER 9000 Attack--which easily makes her as powerful as three of most other cards--and her stats jump by enormous amounts every time she gains a level!

Since you may not have many cards that have even reached level 75 until you get to what I'd call the postgame, she only really shows her true power once you've already seen everything in the game--and since she's so weak early on, she doesn't totally trivialize the game if you manage to get her early, either.

Anyway, floor 100 is what I'd call the end of the main game--that's where new content ends. So while I'm still planning to keep climbing higher and higher in the tower, there's not a lot more to say about it here. It's a nice, straightforward, endless dungeon-crawly thing, and if you only keep 3-5 copies of each new monster girl card rather than the 20+ I must have had for the first 60 floors or so, I think you'd be able to progress much more quickly than I did, too.

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Re: Video games! What have you been playing?

Postby Alice » August 21st, 2016, 7:54 am

I've been playing the new Innocent Grey visual novel, Flowers -Le volume sur printemps- lately. Pretty interesting story but there's one part near the end of chapter 3 that pissed me off and seems to stem from the translation itself.

Near the end of each chapter there's a reasoning puzzle you have to go through. I got the first one through partial trial and error and process of elimination because I wasn't familiar with the books it referenced plus I'd gotten the impression that something it talked about was actually part of one of those books rather than a separate book itself. For the second one though:  It has two questions. The first question is "what country has the most Christians?" This question doesn't use the correct wording. the answer to that question as stated would be the US, which mostly consists of Protestants but which are still Christians. The correct answer, however, is Italy because it's actually talking about Catholics in particular. The second question is about a taboo number. This one relies on getting the answer to the first question because the correct answer, 17, is considered an unlucky number in Italy but nowhere else. The big issue with this however is that if you search "Italy taboo numbers" you only get results referencing the number 13. This should be worded to refer to unlucky numbers rather than taboo numbers as a whole because people are most likely to search the exact term given by the game.  So between both of those issues I ended up having to look up the answer to correctly get it purely due to their choice in wording things. If they had worded things properly then I would have actually gotten the first question correct. And if the second question was worded properly then I'd have gotten it as well after a simple internet search since using the proper wording gives plenty of results that provide the correct number. (Which is something most people wouldn't be aware of outside the country given in the first answer to begin with so it seems like they'd be expecting people to search it anyways.)
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Postby Alice » August 24th, 2016, 3:57 pm

Went and finished one route of Flowers today. In hindsight, if I consider that even the best ending of Kara no Shoujo isn't exactly incredibly happy or anything I probably should have expected the ending of Flowers to also be depressing. Since the game has such a light-hearted tone compared to KnS though (though I suppose anything would probably seem light-hearted in comparison, lol) and doesn't involve stuff such as murder I was expecting something happier than that. If they'd just cut to credits about half way through the ending or so it would have been fine. Instead it took a good ending and flipped it around to something sad and on top of that it didn't really feel conclusive since  the character the main character is dating simply ups and leaves the school and doesn't so much as even inform the main character of this. Then the main goes on about some bullshit about wishing the other one would forget her???  And then there's three more games in the series too so I'm a bit unsure how those ones are going to work, especially if they follow the same main character. While the ending wasn't exactly all that conclusive, unlike Kara no Shoujo it didn't really leave much opening for more.
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Re: Video games! What have you been playing?

Postby Speedless » August 25th, 2016, 5:05 pm

BLLLLLOCK PUZZLLLLLES!!

... I decided to start playing Origin. It's looking interesting enough from Iso's LP, and I remember the first quest of the original Zelda a little bit at least, so I figured I might like it. I think this is the first time I'm actually playing along with an Iso LP (if it counts as "playing along" when you're running around doing things in a completely different order :tstick:). It was Iso's LP of PCMA that got me to play that too, but I think I didn't actually get it until after the LP was over.

At this point, I've finished the first two dungeons of Origin. My thoughts so far, which I think are pretty non-spoilery for those who are caught up on the LP, but anyone who hasn't watched the LP and wants to play Origin blind might want to skip:
  • I haven't found any Door Repair Men yet. I'm hoping there just aren't any, anywhere, in any of the quests, because Door Repair Men are just annoying.
  • Those floor traps. They feel as tricky to dodge (at least the first time) as it felt like in the video. (They're in unusual places in that room, and you have to run a ways immediately upon entering to avoid the first one, so I guess it doesn't help that there's not much time to analyze which trap goes where in your first encounter with them. Also, their hitboxes feel bigger than their sprites, I think.) Just for that, I'll probably try to hunt down the Blue Mail before finishing any dungeons in the second quest so I can just tank floor traps in case they show up early.
  • The shop that sells keys in the original Zelda doesn't in Origin, and the dungeons appear to be a little more linear so far, at least in terms of keys and doors... Hopefully that means it won't be possible to get locked out of everything.
  • Block puzzles in Zelda Classic, man. I don't know what it is, but I'm having trouble wrapping my brain around them. I saw Iso do the puzzle for the bottle, and I still couldn't work out how to do it myself! (Sure, I could watch the video again, but I probably shouldn't make that my first resort. The bottle puzzle might be the hardest block puzzle in any of the quests, but I doubt it, so I'd better practice now.)
  • It's a nice touch that the upgraded recolors of enemies actually have distinct sprites in Origin... but the sprite replacement for the L2 Goriya? Not a sprite I was expecting to throw boomerangs!

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Postby EarthPhantomTS » September 9th, 2016, 9:15 am

Been playing Final Fantasy X and X-2...on my Vita. Started a new game in the latter, just got O'aka on the airship, but something weird happened: I had a Charm Bangle equipped, but I still ran into two groups of two Deep Haizhes. This was in the room with the Turbo Ether (you know, the one where you use the Celestial Mirror to unlock the ultimate weapons in the first game?), while chasing O'aka down. I'm wondering now if there's always a couple fights there when chasing him down, or if the Charm Bangle only minimizes random encounters rather than eliminating them outright (if so, that's bad luck to run into two enemies in quick succession).
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Re: Video games! What have you been playing?

Postby Speedless » September 10th, 2016, 5:33 am

The second quest of Origin is... not quite as terrifying as I expected it to be. I've already had more official deaths than in the whole of my first quest file, it's true--and I've only done one dungeon so far--but that one dungeon gave me everything I needed to get the most important equipment.

Additional thoughts, mostly covering what's on the overworld in the second quest:

  • I was surprised to find that I could handle L2 Ropes with three hearts. The caves are full of L2 Ropes and L2 Stalfos in the second quest, but there's usually somewhere to hide, and the door you come in through is halfway between two tiles, which means Ropes won't charge right into your face as you're entering.
  • Most of the puzzles you access directly from the overworld (the bottle puzzle, the magic upgrade caves, etc.) seem to be exactly the same--that is, the items have been shuffled around the map, but you solve the same puzzle to get the bottle whether it's on this side or that side of the map. Between that and the flickering problem, Iso's probably safe to skip the second quest entirely. The third quest, on the other hand... Depending on just how much it switches up, it might be sufficiently utter chaos to merit a quick look.
  • Speaking of that bottle puzzle... I see now why it's the one I had the most trouble with in the first quest. It's because it actually was the hardest puzzle in the first quest--and might still be in the second quest. In fact, I'm having trouble figuring it out again!
  • I had forgotten, but the sprite for the L2 Goriyas is indeed one that throws projectiles in the game it's from. They're still not boomerangs, though. :tstick:


I also decided it was time to play another SMBX episode. The SMBX forums recommended Legend of Mario most recently, and I was curious what "RPG-style gameplay" would be in SMBX, so I gave it a try. Well, it's more than a try now--I just did the world 3 castle.

Legend of Mario is pretty nice so far, I'd say, but it started out a little... oddly. The exploratory bit at the start was good, but then there was a castle level where the doors leading onward were on two-tile-wide platforms, with two-tile-wide solid ceilings. Over lava. I channeled raocow and pulled back (to my doom) several times because I was afraid of overshooting. Once I made it to the world map proper, though, the levels started feeling pretty solid again, and as of now it still has my attention. I'm contractually obligated to give it an automatic 0/10 for its handling of Luigi, though. :tstick: Especially since I actually prefer using Luigi to Mario in SMBX (and most other places as well). That extra jump height is (usually) surprisingly useful.

EarthPhantomTS wrote:Been playing Final Fantasy X and X-2...on my Vita. Started a new game in the latter

X-2, you say? I've seen HCBailly's LP of X, but I haven't heard much about X-2's gameplay. How are you liking its job system so far?

I'm wondering now if there's always a couple fights there when chasing him down

Not that I have anything to base it on, but I wouldn't be surprised if the fights are scripted. That darn Spat dastardly Plot, always ignoring the game mechanics!

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Postby EarthPhantomTS » September 10th, 2016, 1:41 pm

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EarthPhantomTS wrote:Been playing Final Fantasy X and X-2...on my Vita. Started a new game in the latter

X-2, you say? I've seen HCBailly's LP of X, but I haven't heard much about X-2's gameplay. How are you liking its job system so far?


Well, it's a bit different than FFV or FFT, in that you can't equip cross-class abilities, but you can switch jobs mid-battle. I'll admit, I don't do it much, though. Also it's a lot easier to gain JP in jobs that don't mainly use the "Attack" command, like Black Mage, because every command EXCEPT Attack gives 1 JP (out of a number usually far less, and never more, than 999; also, enemies tend to give 1 or possibly 2 JP, and unlike in FFV this is a property of the enemy, not the formation). Also also, some jobs, like Black Mage again, don't even have an "Attack" command. Yeah, weird, I know. Also also also, there's a bit of a sexy show every time you change jobs in battle Image! I know that's not important, but this is me we're talking about here :tstick:!
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Postby Alice » September 21st, 2016, 11:37 pm

The Bioshock Remaster is fantastically trash, lol. Glad I got it for free because I already owned the original. Not only did they fail to fix obnoxious issues from the original such as the menu mouse speed being ridiculously high compared to the game itself but I ran into such fantastic issues as being completely unable to move the game window at all in windowed mode, forcing me into using my controller until I went into the options and disabled it (as in I could not use mouse controls at all before this...), started fullscreen but not in my native resolution followed by about a full minute of unskippable logo bullshit, then when I go to exit the game my mouse's sensitivity is set extremely low. I went and checked my mouse settings and the game apparently changed them but then failed to change them back. I'm pretty sure I expend more effort just getting out of bed in the morning than these idiots did in the remaster. I mean I'm glad I at least got it for free but jesus christ, how can you make such idiotic mistakes?
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Postby InsaneIntentions1 » September 22nd, 2016, 3:15 am

Been playing Mighty Switch Force lately. I like the concept of the game, but I fear I may not be able to complete all the stages due to timing of some puzzle platforming D:
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Re: Video games! What have you been playing?

Postby Speedless » September 28th, 2016, 12:35 am

Well, I think I'm about done with Origin and Legend of Mario now. I defeated Legend of Mario's final boss, but there were a lot of stars left that I just couldn't think of anywhere else to check for. The Star Palaces could tell me which levels they were in, and some of the portraits there have some neat hints, but I'm not feeling very motivated to seek out the rest.

As for Origin, well, remember how I said the second quest wasn't terrifying yet? Well, "terrifying" isn't a particularly fitting description. "Level 4 is annoying" is more like it. Respawning Dodongos on spikes, one-way staircases, floor trigger races filled with traps, and entirely more Blue Darknuts than I like to have thrown at me before I can get the Magical Sword--Level 4 has it all. The second quest in general appears to belong to the original game's "second quest means we can put unmarked fake walls everywhere, right?" school of dungeon design, which admittedly does give the player lots and lots of good reasons to use the Lens of Truth but doesn't inspire confidence. Also, you need one or both of Level 4's items to finish any of the later dungeons, which means the only way to really progress is to try Level 4 again and again and again--!

Still, now that I've cooled off a bit, it's occurred to me that maybe you could get a dungeon item or two from some of the later dungeons, and that might make things a little easier. Unfortunately, the one I really want is the Magic Hammer, which is probably still in the Dome of Trials--which you can't get to until you get the Raft from Level 4!

So instead of fooling around with that nonsense, I stumbled upon a strategy at Steam's Valdis Story board that actually makes the Bloodmage Manuscript not impractically dangerous to use! (And there were a lot of other important details in there, like why you'd ever use Holy Order and Black Blessing and some neat tricks you can do with Wyatt's starting dark magic.) I tried it on Hard mode, and it was possibly the most fun I've had with Wyatt in this entire game. I got a triple S rank on Leilodin on my first try--and normally, I can barely damage her fast enough to get an S-rank for time at all! Both forms of the final boss caved in the same way, despite both fights being incredibly clumsy on my end (I forgot how to make the first form reappear for a good 15-20 seconds! -_-).

And since that went so well, I wanted to see what it'd be like to use the same build on God Slayer difficulty. Turns out the early game is still a pain, particularly Azudor, who floods his arena with minions. Then again, I haven't tried using a Light-affinity build on him instead of a neutral one (I thought the neutral build was the way I defeated him on Hard, but I'm not so sure it was anymore).

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Re: Video games! What have you been playing?

Postby pholtos » September 28th, 2016, 2:48 am

Slowly progressing in the Final Fantasy project I'm doing. So far I've beaten 1-3 and am nearing the end of 4. Rankings so far are
X,II,I,IV,III

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Re: Video games! What have you been playing?

Postby Speedless » October 2nd, 2016, 4:48 am

False alarm, everybody! Origin's right back on! I went ahead and gave Level 4 another shot, and it turns out that despite unlocking all the doors in the exact wrong order, it took just a few more potions to get the last key I needed. The Boots I got there, combined with the Boots room's own one-way passage, opened up some nice shortcuts, making the cleanup easier.

I figured things would go okay once I dealt with Level 4, and indeed, I can go to three of the last four dungeons and clear them out now with what I have. So there's no need for me to be all burned out if a dungeon turns out to be a problem--I can just go try another one! (I really should get the Bow from Level 5 before doing much else, though.)

pholtos wrote:Slowly progressing in the Final Fantasy project I'm doing. So far I've beaten 1-3 and am nearing the end of 4. Rankings so far are
X,II,I,IV,III

From what I've heard of II, it sounded like it'd be pretty grindy... The version you played was I & II: Dawn of Souls, right? Did everyone get their levels at a decent pace?

I had the chance to play FF I and a fan translation of the Famicom version of III myself a good while ago. The Red Mage was my favorite class from I (and the coolest-looking one, and the most versatile), so I have a bit of a beef with III for making the Red Mage's stat growth so terrible that using one past about level 10 would have permanently saddled that character with abysmal HP. But then, I wouldn't have known if I hadn't been using a guide. I guess that's the price I paid. :tstick: III's boss theme is great, though (especially after the complete lack of one in FF I NES), and I didn't miss the Red Mage much in the end.

Out of curiosity, pholtos... When you were playing I, you mentioned buying magic for three different mages. Was the fourth character a Warrior? Because I liked using a Warrior/Red Mage/White Mage/Black Mage party in the NES version, though I think I used Warrior/Warrior/Red Mage/White Mage to actually win (dropping the Black Mage because of the bugged Intelligence stat and all those bugged spells, I guess--a Red Mage could do magic just about as well anyway).

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Re: Video games! What have you been playing?

Postby pholtos » October 2nd, 2016, 7:23 am

Speedless wrote:Out of curiosity, pholtos... When you were playing I, you mentioned buying magic for three different mages. Was the fourth character a Warrior? Because I liked using a Warrior/Red Mage/White Mage/Black Mage party in the NES version, though I think I used Warrior/Warrior/Red Mage/White Mage to actually win (dropping the Black Mage because of the bugged Intelligence stat and all those bugged spells, I guess--a Red Mage could do magic just about as well anyway).

My party was a thief and the three mages I think. I'd have to recheck.

I was indeed playing dawn of souls and leveling seemed to go fine, never ran from anything.

Finished 4 a few days ago. It indeed is my least favorite so far. Game suddenly has stupid difficulty spikes that put you at a disadvantage even if you fought everything you came across, so in other words, I went through areas too fast. :X

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pholtos wrote:My party was a thief and the three mages I think. I'd have to recheck.

Ah, nice! I tried a Thief-and-three-mages party too--I figured it'd be a decent challenge without the Warrior for tanking or the Monk for raw power, and I knew I wasn't hardcore enough to do four White Mages--but I didn't get the chance to go too far with it.

I was indeed playing dawn of souls and leveling seemed to go fine, never ran from anything.

Finished 4 a few days ago. It indeed is my least favorite so far. Game suddenly has stupid difficulty spikes that put you at a disadvantage even if you fought everything you came across, so in other words, I went through areas too fast. :X

Yeah, I figured II must not have been that grindy for you, based on what you said about IV. I guess it makes sense that you'd get the levels you need pretty quickly if you pick the equipment and stuff you want and stick with it. (I wonder if the game sort of expects you to want to max out everything...)

I'll be curious to hear what you think of V, what with the job system being back--and the rewards for using each job being a little different from III's Skill thing.

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Speedless wrote:I knew I wasn't hardcore enough to do four White Mages--but I didn't get the chance to go too far with it.

All white mages isn't as bad as it sounds. You do need to do some grinding at the start of the game but once you actually get started it's just a matter of battles taking awhile since they don't have a huge damage output. As far as mages go they're reasonably durable plus they have all those heal and buff spells.
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Alice wrote:All white mages isn't as bad as it sounds.

In one sense, it doesn't even sound bad, but it's definitely not for me.

grinding

battles taking awhile

It's my patience for those two things that is not hardcore. :tstick: It took some grinding to get to decent levels even with a regular team, but it wasn't bad. Four White Mages, I'm guessing, would be "bad" grinding. Although it'd be that much more satisfying to give one of them the Masamune at the end... But I'd rather have three or four different classes to play around with. Unless maybe it was four Red Mages... But not having Life2 might put something of a damper on that one.

In other news, I decided to take a look at the new beta of SMBX 2.0. I'm almost two worlds into Return to Dinosaur Land, and I tried the Mario Challenge and a few of the demo levels. It's rapidly becoming clear to me that I'm pretty rusty with SMBX (despite just having played a whole episode). Uncle Broadsword's decision to hover in place for air attacks makes me nervous, and he didn't seem to be able to attack underwater, making him a little scarier to use by himself than Link... I did somehow manage to get Raccoon Broadsword in a state where he could multi-jump forever, though, which was amusing (but probably a glitch). As for Revenge of the King, well, let's just say it didn't feel as easy to me as Horikawa made it look.

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Speedless wrote:It's my patience for those two things that is not hardcore. :tstick: It took some grinding to get to decent levels even with a regular team, but it wasn't bad. Four White Mages, I'm guessing, would be "bad" grinding. Although it'd be that much more satisfying to give one of them the Masamune at the end... But I'd rather have three or four different classes to play around with. Unless maybe it was four Red Mages... But not having Life2 might put something of a damper on that one.

Like I said, it's only at the beginning of the game you have to grind. You need to be ~2-4 levels higher to be Garland than you would with other classes. But once you get that out of the way it's not really a huge problem. The battles taking awhile is less of an issue in general than it is more an issue with enemies that tend to be very resistant to physical attacks such as those slimes in the cave you get the crown for dark elf guy. The first time I ever actually played through the entire game it was with four white mages (I had a bad habit of losing interest in the fire dungeon) and I didn't have a huge amount of trouble. And I really hate grinding too so other than enough to get started with Garland I didn't grind at all.
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Postby Speedless » October 6th, 2016, 6:19 pm

Origin had a glorious opportunity to use Red Bubbles in an interesting way--and promptly proceeded to blow it with a single room. You see, Level 6 in the second quest reuses the first quest Level 6's spirit world gimmick, only the invincible "Phantom Ghinis" in the spirit world are joined by Red Bubbles. Which is neat because the Red Bubbles are mostly just there to scare you--you can't sword Phantom Ghinis anyway, all of the chests I've seen in the spirit world so far are empty, and there are Blue Bubbles to de-Bubblify you at most exits to the spirit world.

... I say most because I didn't see any Blue Bubbles in the room one screen west of the first spirit world warp. A room in which there are also Wizzrobes and Wall Masters. Not that such a room isn't doable, since I could just shoot the Wall Masters with my newly acquired Bow, but I was too distracted by the room being dark and not wanting to get shot by Wizzrobe magic, and so I was Wall Mastered. It's barely any distance to get back there, but the incident soured the feeling of a mechanic done gloriously, uniquely right. It's too bad.

Alice wrote:Like I said, it's only at the beginning of the game you have to grind. You need to be ~2-4 levels higher to be Garland than you would with other classes. But once you get that out of the way it's not really a huge problem.

So maybe level 4-6? I used to go to L4 before Garland anyway (though I eventually figured out that I could do it at L2), so that's not too bad.

The battles taking awhile is less of an issue in general than it is more an issue with enemies that tend to be very resistant to physical attacks such as those slimes in the cave you get the crown for dark elf guy. The first time I ever actually played through the entire game it was with four white mages (I had a bad habit of losing interest in the fire dungeon) and I didn't have a huge amount of trouble.

You mean the Sahagins and Odd Eyes in that first bit of water travel weren't an enormous pain without Bolt2? That's one reason I'm reluctant to give up my Red Mage right there. Well, I guess you have to do some sailing without multitargeting spells regardless...

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Speedless wrote:So maybe level 4-6? I used to go to L4 before Garland anyway (though I eventually figured out that I could do it at L2), so that's not too bad.

I'd say the 5-7 range personally. Anything below would take a miracle and I haven't personally managed it even at level 5. I have a terrible habit of having really bad luck with rng-based stuff though so it may be more doable for others.
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Postby EarthPhantomTS » October 15th, 2016, 5:43 am

Zummorr might think this good news, if he doesn't already know.

So, yesterday, I look on the RPG section of the PSN to see if a game I wanted was on there. While it wasn't, I noticed something else I wished for for a while was: the PSP version of Breath of Fire III! Finally, that was released in the States! I'm only up to Mt. Glaus though, so can't say I've played that much, but I'm happy all the same.

EDIT: In McNeil Manor now. Currently on the roof, leveling Teepo up to 14 so I can get Mygas's skills out of the way with a temp (I got Mygas when Teepo was level 6); made sure to give Skill!Frost to Ryu, though, cause he might want it after this next boss. Also, looking at a guide, I noticed I missed a few things at the bottom of the manor, including that Life Shard. Well, fine, it's staying there, I don't care! Got the one from Rocky anyway, so I'm good.

Anyway, this reminds me: I've been wondering about this for a while, but...say Teepo has any skills equipped (by this, I mean they're in the Skills menu, under Abilities, for him) for the first Balio/Sunder encounter. Do those permanently disappear with him, or are they immediately de-equipped and added to the Skill Notes? Or does the game consider them not "learned" anymore, and you can re-learn them (but you will have to)? Well, I intend on making sure to not mess that up either way, but I was wondering if you could screw yourself out of something by doing what I'm doing.

...And yes, I *know* Amalgam's gonna be super-easy. I don't care. This is the most grinding I'll ever do. Probably.

Oh, and if you are allowed to go back into McNeil Manor at any point in the game (even as adult Ryu), tell me, and I'll be eternally grateful!
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Postby Speedless » October 19th, 2016, 1:06 am

Well, Pokemon Reborn's different approach to challenge and availability of things got me interested, so I decided to check out its sister project, Pokemon Rejuvenation, while I'm waiting for Reborn to update. Turns out it's a pretty radically different experience. I'm just one badge in, but there's already plenty to talk about! Details at eleven in a box:
There are a bunch of little details that make things feel different, but I don't intend to get into most of those. Here are some of the big ones.

First of all, your player character has a backstory, which is quite the departure from the Great Unknown you are in Reborn. This backstory is told in a surprisingly long intro, which makes me think I should try to save just before the usual "I'm on the phone with you, but I have no idea who you are" professor monologue to save a little time.

Some of the sidequests are gathered up into a system of "Help Requests" that you accept and turn in at a Help Center, but others are unannounced--you'll start them by just talking to people. That strikes a nice balance between structure and surprise. There are event Pokemon much like in Reborn; the event food is a lot more expensive, but you tend to find it hidden in pretty non-arbitrary spots not long before/after you see the ones that need them, so it's not much of a problem yet.

Also, Rejuvenation gives you certain stuff WAYYYYY SOONER than Reborn does. If you're a dedicated gambler, you can have five TMs before you fight your first Gym Leader; in Reborn, I'm pretty sure that number is zero. And you can get all sorts of Pokemon right away in Rejuvenation--including a Misdreavus and a Buizel with Sonic Boom--that Reborn withheld until at least two badges in.

... At the same time, Rejuvenation goes from zero to battle-you're-supposed-to-lose much sooner as well. (It's almost comical, in fact, watching the game throw an  ENORMOUS GYARADOS  that you're not required to defeat at you--and noticing that this invincible juggernaut is only level 20.) I'm actually not sure exactly how to handle that first Single Strong Opponent(TM), in fact--especially since you aren't healed and can't change your team after a previous battle, which you're required to win.

Oh, and I forgot to mention, Rejuvenation has some custom moves, which seems to turn some people off. As for me, I'm mostly a little concerned that I can't plan around those without a way to look up their stats. (That's one major problem that's making it hard to plan for the Gyarados fight.)


EarthPhantomTS wrote:Anyway, this reminds me: I've been wondering about this for a while, but...say Teepo has any skills equipped (by this, I mean they're in the Skills menu, under Abilities, for him) for the first Balio/Sunder encounter. Do those permanently disappear with him, or are they immediately de-equipped and added to the Skill Notes? Or does the game consider them not "learned" anymore, and you can re-learn them (but you will have to)? Well, I intend on making sure to not mess that up either way, but I was wondering if you could screw yourself out of something by doing what I'm doing.

...And yes, I *know* Amalgam's gonna be super-easy. I don't care. This is the most grinding I'll ever do. Probably.

Oh, and if you are allowed to go back into McNeil Manor at any point in the game (even as adult Ryu), tell me, and I'll be eternally grateful!

I couldn't tell you for sure--I've never even watched more than a few episodes of an LP--and I won't say anything specific, but a quick glance at a guide tells me there might be another point where you go back inside? (It wasn't very specific about that particular detail.)

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Postby EarthPhantomTS » October 27th, 2016, 6:53 am

Ugfh, so pissed! I was playing Dragon Quest VII, and I'm at the part where I'm trying to get Alltrades Abbey back, and I just lost the mandatory battle against Rashers and Stripes! All because that fuckhead Rashers blinded everyone! And they STAYED blinded the whole fight practically! I swear, if that didn't happen, I would've won Image! Probably...I have no idea how much HP those assholes have...

EDIT: FUCK RASHERS AND STRIPES! FUCK THEIR CRITICALS, AND FUCK NOT BEING ABLE TO TAKE A HIT FROM THEM! DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE TO FIND THE LEVEL TABLES?! I NEED TO KNOW HOW MUCH IT'LL TAKE TO GET TO LEVEL FUCKING 20, BECAUSE THAT'S ABOUT THE LOWEST THAT I'LL HAVE A CHANCE!

Edit 2 that no one will ever see: So I asked someone online about them (during a Twitch stream) and they replied that people tend to suggest you be Level 20 to 25 for them. So yeah, I was underleveled! Guess I've got some level grinding to do when I next start up the game. I was kinda hoping I wouldn't have to grind too much before getting Jobs cause this game doesn't give Job Experience if you're way overleveled for the enemies you're fighting, but it seems I have no real choice; even if I beat Rashers and Stripes at the level I'm at, the final battle of this arc is apparently even harder!
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Postby Tovarisch Red Yoshi » October 27th, 2016, 8:37 am

beat undertale this week. pacifist mode

it lives up to its hype. I don't really like the combat but the game's good enough who cares

I had the demo when it was first released way back in forever ago


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Postby EarthPhantomTS » October 30th, 2016, 8:14 am

Finally decided to start up on Disgaea 3 again. Made a new save, though, since I haven't played my old one for, like, 2 years. And I don't remember the story at all. Or what I have. And I...well, I don't really care for the naming scheme I used in that save anymore (ponies was my scheme. I'm no longer a pega-sister, though, so it doesn't suit me anymore. I think I'll go with characters from other games, like what I had for Disgaea 2). The reason I didn't play it for so long? Because Disgaea 4 was released 2 years ago, and I've been focused on THAT. But I never beat Disgaea 3, so that's why I want to try again.

What do you bet my Honor Quotient in my old save is 999 now?

EDIT: Progress report: Got to Episode 2 recently. Have 8 dummy GFN Skulls, and am using them to grind revives for the Hospital. I have 50-something revivals now. Yes, I'm doing Hospital Exploitation. Except doing it a bit here, a bit there.
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Postby Speedless » November 1st, 2016, 4:53 am

I went and played Google's Halloween logo game. It was as advertised.
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Thanks, pholtos! It was fun, and I was actually surprised that the game recognized the symbols so reliably. (I guess that's why they chose pretty simple symbols, but I mean, it could even tell sometimes when I switched symbols halfway through!) One of the bosses, it seemed like you'd have to be really fast to avoid taking damage, but the guys that give hearts are placed decently frequently. I managed to make it to the end without going below two hearts at all. A nice, quick game that really gave me the old Flash game feeling.

Meanwhile, in Rejuvenation, I'm four badges in now, and I've gotta say, I was not expecting to destroy quite that much of the world with a Persian and a Dodrio. (And by "the world," I mean  the fourth Gym battle. Breaking fields RULES! )

(I actually really like both Persian and Dodrio, but they're pretty shaky in a good few situations--situations that seem to come up frequently in these hard-type Pokemon games. Especially when there's a field effect that removes their immunity to Ghost-type attacks...  which is why breaking fields rules! )

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  • You can't back out of any choices you make when you're selecting your character gender and appearance. I chose green-hat guy "by accident" because of this. (Reborn at least asked "Is this okay?" when you were done...) If you want to preview the character sprites to see which one you like best, it seems like looking in the graphics folder is the only convenient way.
  • Despite an explicit EV training center being available (well, rooms for two of the six stats, at least) from the very start of the game, actually doing formal EV training is absurdly difficult, even four badges in. Even the bootleg EV training I'm thinking I'll do in the future in Reborn (just slapping a Power item on a Pokemon and level-grinding wherever the XP is good, not worrying much about junk EVs) isn't possible yet, since I haven't found anything that looks like it could be Power items yet. Combine that with no easy source of Special Attack EVs and my love of fast special attackers, and you get a very uneasy me.

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Postby pholtos » November 1st, 2016, 5:35 am

Speedless wrote:I went and played Google's Halloween logo game. It was as advertised.
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Thanks, pholtos! It was fun, and I was actually surprised that the game recognized the symbols so reliably.

No problem. Figured people would enjoy it, it's adorable and not complicated. :D

As for me I started a new gimmick idea where I randomly pick a trainer type and then randomly pick a number of that trainer and that becomes my team, I then pick the pokemon generation most appropriate for said team and then go for it.

So yeah I'm playing black 2 with a teddiursa, tentacool, natu, ninetales, machoke and magneton. (I randomly picked between gens 2-5 cause I got the trainer chaser and that's a gamecube only trainer)

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Postby Alice » November 4th, 2016, 2:23 am

I got TIS-100 in today's Gog sale. I'd been iffy on buying it until now because I wasn't sure if it would turn out to suck or not. Glad I didn't get it for full price. It's a great idea to take a simply assembly-like language and turn it into a puzzle game. The execution, however, is very very flawed. The documentation is a simple and very lacking pdf file that goes over the commands, in some cases without even giving useful examples or tips. there's also no in-game tutorial at all to help alleviate said documentation issues. On top of that you're limited to something like 16 lines of code each with a character limit of something around 24-32 or so characters per box of code. A limit you'll very quickly hit after my experience with it. I only got to the fifth puzzle before hitting that line limit and hit the character limit the moment I started to try using comments to document how my code flows because their step function is extremely lacking. There's only stepping forward one tick at a time and no place you can easily check what each value is. you instead have to check around the entire field at once.

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Postby EarthPhantomTS » November 5th, 2016, 11:39 pm

Well I had a pretty good Item World run in Disgaea 3. Spiky Shell, Target: its Level 10 Manager. Well, not only got that, but also I apparently unlocked the Birdmen Watcher's club bill, AND got an Agility Salve. Also found the other two specialists. So that's pretty nice, as HC Bailly might say.

Also, more good news: just got up to 120,000 HP and 60,000 SP healed at the Hospital. Got the muscle, orb, and emblem legendary too (have at least one person in the Nursing Club to get legendary items from the Hospital). Also, I have a total of 300 revivals, so I removed my dummy Skulls since I don't need them anymore.
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Postby Alice » November 11th, 2016, 5:05 am

I just got done playing Once On a Windswept Night, Ebi-hime's entry to Itch.io's 2016 Yuri jam. This is the second one of her visual novels I've played, both of them free ones, and they really are quite good. I've played worse paid visual novels. I'm really looking forward to the five of her paid novels I got in a Steam bundle the other day now. The free ones easily rank highly in my list of visual novels so these other ones (which judging by the quality of the free ones probably aren't worse) have to be pretty good too. Only difference from what I've read in a few spots is that they tend to be longer (this one took me around 3-4 hours in total, including trying to find my way on to the final route which resulted in me replaying it 6-7 times or more) and they look to have better visual assets than the free ones.
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Postby Alice » November 19th, 2016, 6:56 pm

Finally got around to playing Ebi-hime's Asphyxia after procrastinating on it for weeks. It was quite well written and pretty enjoyable. The different endings, including the bad and mediocre one, were actually all quite interesting. I also liked the art style, though the art quality was weirdly lacking compared to her free VNs I've previously played. Several of the character art pieces had strange cropping issues and there was a weird lack of detail in certain parts of them too. It was also longer than her free ones which is to be expected. It took me 8.5 hours to get all four endings and that was with using a guide for the final two since I'd gotten the bad ending and one of the good endings on my own. Also while there were still a fair few typos I think that the writing was actually a bit better in general than her free VNs, though her free ones aren't bad by any means.

Edit: (Now just This World Unknown, Empty Horizons, Strawberry Vinegar, The Way We All Go, and The Sad Story of Emmeline Burns for Ebi-hime's other VNs I have as well as Muv-luv, The House in Fata Morgana, and Kara no Shoujo 2 for non-Ebi-hime VNs. Also the other storyline in Flowers if I ever get around to it, though the one I got is the canon and better ending so it doesn't matter a whole lot.)
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Postby Alice » November 20th, 2016, 2:43 pm

Finally got around to starting Muv-luv. It is interesting but I dunno if I'll be able to finish it. The story has some really unrealistic stuff which is a bit of a bother but nothing I can't tolerate. What REALLY detracts from the game for me though is the main character. He's an idiot, kinda an asshole, and he's incapable of actually communicating or listening. So this results in him being a huge asshole to his childhood best friend who very clearly has feelings for him, being the cause of most of his problems, and only serving to make his problems (including those that he isn't actually the cause of) far worse than they should be. And yet despite not actually having a single redeeming quality shown in the couple of hours I've played so far this idiot is somehow still relatively popular, having two girls so far vying for his attention rather shamelessly. It's ridiculous. Such a repulsive person shouldn't have one girl interested in him, let alone multiple.
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Postby Alice » November 20th, 2016, 6:29 pm

Main character is still pissing me off, especially his complete obliviousness to the feelings another character has for him despite it's not really very subtle at all. Story is weird but it's at least picking up enough, and introducing enough characters, that his infuriating flaws aren't typically on display as thoroughly as they had been up until now. Though this last bit I finished before quitting for the day was basically tailor-made for him to be an asshole and miss blatant things.

Fairly minor spoilers (I'm on like day 8 of the game but that's not terribly relevant since these spoilers are mostly from basically the beginning of the game anyways) but here's some shining examples of what I'm complaining about from this scene:
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For the first words out of my mouth after we meet up for the date let's call her a dumbass and talk about leaving immediately.

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Then let's talk about letting her go to the amusement park on her own because it's apparently too much of a pain for this asshole to bother with.


On a lighter note though, his childhood friend, Sumika, is freaking adorable:
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(She's also WAY too nice and puts up with way too much bullshit from the main character.)
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Re: Video games! What have you been playing?

Postby ParmaJon » November 21st, 2016, 3:42 am

Had a starcraft brood war campaign binge for the past two weeks. Finishing that up and am now starting megaman romhacks again. Burst Chaser is sooooooo fucking good.
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Re: Video games! What have you been playing?

Postby Alice » December 3rd, 2016, 9:22 pm

Got a hold of a  pirated  copy of Shenzhen I/O so I could try it out. Dunno how they could manage to improve things from TIS-100 and yet still manage to learn nothing. No in-game tutorial, a longer out of game manual which still doesn't have proper examples for things, and even figuring out how to do anything in the first place is much more complicated than it was in TIS-100. Definitely not worth the $15 it currently is at on Steam. I'd say maybe $5 at most until the developer learns what a proper tutorial, or at least documentation, is. They also added a solitaire game but failed to adequately explain it so it's pretty confusing to figure out. Most notably it's not nearly as clear as it needs to be on the dragon cards. There's three types of them but the description only shows you one and the three types are all quite different from each other visually (the one they show is literally just a black rectangular outline while the other two use Chinese characters) so it's not at all clear what those other two types are supposed to actually be.

Just like in TIS-100 figuring out comparisons was an enormous pain in the ass as well. Despite this one having 47 pages of documentation instead of the ~30 or so of TIS-100 they still don't give examples of how to properly use comparisons. And they changed them in a way that's easier to use once you know how to do it but is way too poorly explained. In TIS-100 you did a comparison then the result decided whether it goes for the next line of code or skips it (usually so you can jump to another chunk of code accordingly) while Shenzhen explicitly has a positive or negative state for the comparison and you have to make use of them by prefixing your next two lines of code with either a + or a -. The part of the documentation that describes this +/- stuff, however, is nowhere near the entries for the comparisons themselves. (Page 16 for the comparison stuff and page 14 for the +/- stuff with stuff on the registers, basic instruction commands, and arithmetic instructions between them.)

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Good example of what I mean though. No examples at all and the tables they give are more confusing than anything. Only pages 13-16 are directly relevant to the language itself too. Everything before that is story related while everything after is a list of the different circuit components you can use in the game plus "examples" of different circuitry except without anything actually useful such as code examples. So we have 47 pages of documentation while only 3-4 pages are actually made up of anything of use. And there's multiple blank pages just filled with a single line of text such as this as well:
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Edit: A better example of what would make the documentation useful would be something like this:

tgt a(R/I) b(R/I)
Test if value of a is greater than value of b.

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tgt 100 0
+mov 100 acc
-slp 1


|     Condition     |     Code that runs     |
| A > B | +mov 100 acc |
| A < B | -slp 1 |
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Re: Video games! What have you been playing?

Postby ParmaJon » December 5th, 2016, 10:09 pm

Risk of Rain and podcasting has become all my free time
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Re: Video games! What have you been playing?

Postby EarthPhantomTS » December 14th, 2016, 5:06 am

So, been playing quite a bit of Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls, and to give you an idea of where I am (well, all 0 people here, besides me, who've played the game), the good news is, I recruited Plutia! Whee Image! The bad news is, Mega Drive kicked my ass. I didn't even get to use Plutia in that fight since her first attack killed her instantly (I should really not use pronouns for this game since I'm pretty sure all the PCs in both series' are girls...)!
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Re: Video games! What have you been playing?

Postby Speedless » December 17th, 2016, 8:54 am

Since I kept seeing its levels in the Mario Challenge, I figured I'd go ahead and play the episode bundled with the SMBX 2.0 beta, Valtteri's Return to Dinosaur Land. It was a nice, solid episode (that actually ends at 100% completion--a rarity for SMBX episodes). Oddly, it was world 6 that seemed like the hardest world, not world 8 or even the secret gimmick world. The 100% completion reward... probably should have been obvious in retrospect, but something about the way it was presented really spoke to me.

More off-putting than the game itself was the fact that the 2.0 beta decided to keep crashing at inopportune times. Notably, it once crashed right after the screen went black at the end of the victory walk-off in the postgame level Sunset Rendezvous--a long Yoshi babysitting level that doesn't wear all that well when you just completed it but have to do it over due to technical difficulties that aren't your fault or the level maker's. Thoroughly disgruntled, I proceeded to activate the god mode, walk-through-walls, and infinite-jump cheats and hip-hop-shadow-god my way back to the end. At least I turned them back off before doing the rest, unlike in ASMBXT...

Speaking of the Mario Challenge, I've been playing that too, trying to get used to the new 2.0 stuff. Klonoa is the new king of the boss killers, thanks to his thrown objects being REALLY powerful, but I think my favorite character is actually Snake. Yes, he's just a strictly inferior Link at the moment, and the stealth mechanic isn't as polished as it could be (particularly the part about enemies summoning reinforcements when they see you), but he's got personality for days! There's something immensely satisfying about sneaking your way through levels that weren't meant to be stealth levels, punching anybody who sees you in the face before they can make reinforcements spontaneously appear inside your hitbox. Actually, running flat-out to get away from a horde of pursuers is surprisingly viable and fun in some situations, too!

I did eventually figure out Revenge of the King, too. Jump height is the key, since Dedede isn't affected by anything other than jumps... And you can completely cheese it with Mega Man, who can bring four extra hits into the battle (compared to everyone else's one--or zero, for characters like Ninja Bomberman and Juni).

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Re: Video games! What have you been playing?

Postby EarthPhantomTS » December 18th, 2016, 11:20 pm

Don't you just love when you put in old games of yours that you haven't touched for a year or more and you realize you have no effing clue what's going on now? Cause I recently found out I sure do Image. Tried to start up Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;birth 2 again, realized I had no idea where to go to get the next critical item, just said "Ehh...maybe I should just start anew".

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