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Gaming Discussion / Re: Hard Mode - Player Beware
« on: July 11, 2016, 05:29:50 pm »
It's right there on the page  :P
2Ghz, 2GB RAM and a DX9 compatible GPU. That's pretty much any 10 year old PC. The game is in 2D and isn't made with Unity, so it should probably run fine on just about anything. (There is even a smartphone version)

Gaming Discussion / Re: Hard Mode - Player Beware
« on: July 11, 2016, 02:46:29 pm »
GOG has it DRM free. You can just store the installer on a flash drive or burn it to a CD Bluray if you want and play it whenever you want without internet.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Hard Mode - Player Beware
« on: July 10, 2016, 03:36:44 pm »
Speaking of Fire Emblem, I'm currently playing Banner Saga 2 and it's a very similiar game but from a decidedly western standpoint and oh boy is it simply superior in any conceivable way. Compared to it FE is like children banging on tin cans.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Victoly!
« on: July 09, 2016, 01:36:28 pm »
Cleared Zero Time Dilemma. Conclusion to the trilogy that started with 999 and Virtue's Last Reward (I don't think the naming scheme helped sales).
Not sure much needs to be said about this. If you haven't played 999 and VLR, go play them right now. If you have, you'll play ZTD anyway. It fulfills the expectations.

Beware though, the 3DS version is supposedly pretty bad. I played it on Vita which was great. This time there is also a PC version apparently (and 999 will get one soon, so don't panic if you already threw away your DS!).

Gaming Discussion / Re: Hard Mode - Player Beware
« on: July 03, 2016, 05:11:03 am »
I find that hard modes often aren't balanced very well. Now before you jump at me, let me clarify. Most games these days are balanced at one difficulty level (whatever is called normal). And all the others are more or less auto generated by just giving enemies + or - X% HP and damage. Needless to say that often doesn't make for a super polished experience IMO and I often find completely ridiculous spots because places that had difficulty spikes in the standard difficulty get completely broken at harder difficulties because they weren't playtested and tweaked appropiately.

That doesn't mean I'm not often playing at harder difficulties. But I often regret it and not because I'm too bad but because I feel like the designers didn't give a shit.

Being more accessible and simpler doesn't have to mean it'll be bad, but I'm not too hopeful. Fortunately there is FF15 this summer which will surely be more meatier. I liked the demo at least.

Anyway to answer the original question, Fang and Rikku of course.

Gaming Discussion / Re: What. are you playing?
« on: June 26, 2016, 03:17:58 pm »
Playing some Grand Kingdom (Vita). It's decent. Too much focus on online play I think. It feels like I have to participate in MP and/or grind generic generated missions to keep up with the level demands of the SP campaign. Once Zero Time Dilemma arrives I'll probably drop this one (I doubt I'll beat it before that).

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Gaming Discussion / Re: What do I do if the Nintendo ship sinks?
« on: June 20, 2016, 04:44:58 pm »
Alundra is awesome. The thing that bothers some people is the platforming combined with a perspective that makes distances hard to judge. The puzzling was great. Not to mention the story and athmosphere are leagues beyond any Zelda game as well. I'd replay Alundra over any post-OoT Zelda any day.

Gaming Discussion / Re: What do I do if the Nintendo ship sinks?
« on: June 20, 2016, 02:46:12 pm »
I dunno, the last thing that would come to my mind when someone were to ask me how to fix Zelda is "Make the world bigger so there is more padding and more collectible stuff".

How about make the puzzles not so obvious that the solution is immediately clear upon entering a room? How about designing dungeons that make use of all the tools you aquired that far and not just tailor them to the one item of the dungeon that you can then throw away after it is complete? (And after you picked up a random hearth container or two somewhere on the overworld with it)

Also bought 6 rpgmaker games for $.99 strictly for the steam XP.

So that's how those things find buyers...  :P

Gaming Discussion / Re: Victoly!
« on: June 18, 2016, 03:50:42 am »
Trails in the Sky is it's own series but both take place in the same universe and story-wise right after another so it's kind of a sequel, though it focuses on a different part of the world.

I haven't played TitS (best shorthand ever) but I hear it has much of the same problems. Many many hours of boring prologue before interesting stuff happens.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Victoly!
« on: June 17, 2016, 03:23:27 pm »
Beat The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel (PSVita).

Overall pretty disappointing. I'd rate it a 6/10 maybe 6.5/10. It was decent for a handheld game, but I'd felt really let down if I played the console version. The budget is just too low and content-wise it suffered from extreme linearity, bad balance and terrible pacing. It is basically a 50 hour prologue by the way, since the actual story barely starts when the game ends. I might still get the sequel in the hopes that the story picks off right away this time with the drawn-out setup phase out of the way. I think my expectations were just too high since some people praised it as one of the best JRPGs of this generation. And it probably is. But not because it's that good but because the genre overall has really went to shit. So a solid game suddenly shines like a diamond.

Grand Kingdom for PSVita.

There is a demo on PSN.

Gaming Discussion / Re: What do I do if the Nintendo ship sinks?
« on: June 11, 2016, 04:45:39 pm »
Even if Nintendo would finally abandon making consoles (let's hope so for the sake of everyone) they'd still make games. They'd just be on other platforms.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Victoly!
« on: June 11, 2016, 08:16:23 am »
Won the long campaign in Total War: Warhammer with the Vampire Courts faction.

I wasn't too fond of the TW series in the past but I like the Warhammer universe so I decided to give this a go. And I gotta say, the fantasy setting really breathed new life into the stale TW formular. Hero units, RPG elements, magic spells, unique and very varried unit types that really break out of the old "infantry, bowmen, pikemen, cavalry" pattern of the historical games. And the factions behave very differently on the global scale too. Fighting against other Undead and humans is like traditional warfare while orks and chaos forces come at you in raids and may lead to untypical, temporary alliances to stem the tides.

I'll definitely play the game again some time with another faction (Gimme Seraphon DLC plox. I need my warlords to ride onto the battlefield on tyrannosaurues).

Would you call me crazy that is because of a principle of mine? The principle that I prefer to use sole console emulators.

Since that principle is completly irrational you'll have to fork it yourself if you want this so badly. Good luck.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Super Robot Taisen V
« on: June 05, 2016, 02:17:07 am »
Not sure about the Vita, but the PS4 is.

One has to keep in mind though that the English translation will be pretty Engrishy. Maybe they'll release all SRW games after OG Moon Dwellers in this fashion now.

I'm going to be totally honest and say that the concept of gamer culture kind of makes me uncomfortable--kind of in the same way that sports culture makes me uncomfortable.

It's not the people that participate in the activity only as a hobby that bother me though, it's the people I've known who maybe don't have as much of a real-life connection to go back to, you know what I mean?  The really hard-core sports folks kind of make me feel the same way--they seem to latch their whole identity around following some games, but when I talk to them and that's all they really have going on in their lives, it all just makes me feel a bit sad.

I somewhat agree with you, but here is a counter question. As someone who probably has to work from morning to evening (nowadays sometimes more), for how many hobbies do you even have time? There are more and more people in this age who between work and maybe raising their kids really don't have time to engage in any hobbies anymore. Even having just one hobby seems like a luxury to me.
So while it would be awesome to game, do two different sports, go traveling, play an instrument, romhack and read high literature and go to the theater, who the hell has time for all of that? Realistically, it's pick one or maybe two if you are lucky.

Of course it's a different story if we are talking teenagers who have half the day any day and do nothing but game. But hey, they are teenagers, they do pointless stuff by default. I nowadays wonder what the hell I did with all my time back in the day.

Aegis of Earth: Protonovus Assault (Vita)
Battlefield Gothic Armada (PC)

No, still haven't played Until Dawn. Ended up playing Stellaris instead (see Victoly thread).

Gaming Discussion / Re: Victoly!
« on: May 13, 2016, 03:24:40 pm »
My first game of Stellaris already ended with a galaxy conquest. I'm pretty shocked, especially since I learned the game as I played and there was stuff that would have sped up my early development ten fold that I only realized 20 hours into the game. But hey, I played all the other Paradox games and other 4X as well, so I can't really call myself a beginner. Still, I have to wonder if the game is that easy or if I got lucky somehow.

To give a short review, it's a solid game, and I'm sure it'll become a great one after 2 or 3 expansions. This is Paradox, the base game is always just the foundation. If you are interested in Paradox games, it's worth a play already. But I'll wait for more playthroughs until there have been expansions. The game still has issues: UI, missing comfort features, abusable bugs and most importantly missing victory conditions - just picking your own like in EU doesn't work here nearly as well since the starting conditions are much more fixed. It's not a completely different game if you start with France or Japan like EU. I don't feel like I'd get a completely different perspective by switching to another species for a second playthrough.

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