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then again I've been dedicating most of my time to playing a world of warcraft version from 15 years ago that was re-released so i guess i can't really talk

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21 hours ago, Acacia Sgt said:

Care to elaborate?

You only have to look it up, but I'll tell you anyway:

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, you can share a "Dream Version" of your town with other people. This has led to a few people building spoopy towns and sharing them. One example is the infamous Aika Village.

In Animal Crossing Pocket Camp, you're allowed to use any type of furniture anywhere to customise your camp, and villagers will always spawn there to interact with the furnitire. This has led to people building "prison camps" and cults.

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15 hours ago, Strullemia said:

For the Lysithea fans here

Normally not that into shipping but I just gotta show this one, it's just soooo cute.

As if I didn't find it hard enough to have Byleth S-support anyone but her already...
Thanks for sharing! This is absolutely adorable.

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I had a look at the new Pokémon yesterday. For diplomacy's sake, I'm just gonna say this: I'll save money.

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14 hours ago, Nobody said:

Facing a huge dilema right now.

I'm absolutely loving most new pokemon from S/S. Like, it's my favorite new pokemon roster in a LONG time. On the other hand, everything else about the game seems so scummy

ugh, i don't think i'll be able to boycott it

 

13 hours ago, Shrimperor said:

maybe wait a few weeks and buy it used?

 

Do this.

In the off chance that the game does do something good on some aspect that entices me I'll also buy it used but no way I'll support GF. 

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I just finished 3H for the first time!

The final battle was unfortunately too easy on Hard Classic GD. The only issue was that statue of a statstick called the final boss and its 107 HP, 52 Def, 30 AS, 70+ Atk, Counterattack, lots and lots of Avoid, and 50% HP regen. Tearing it down was the only major "challenge" of the entire map, one which you can do comfortably after everything else. The long-range enemies I was able to destroy with a minor amount of calculated risk.

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On 11/4/2019 at 8:21 PM, Shrimperor said:

maybe wait a few weeks and buy it used?

Hmm, that's actually a good solution.

23 hours ago, Tryhard said:

>game freak still has him by the pokeballs

i fear i'm a shill haha

it's kind of hard to stop playing new pokemon games when i've been getting them since i was 5

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Well guys, it was fun while it lasted but there will be no more games after Mario & Sonic at the 2020 Olympic Games. It is the last game. Gaming is cancelled after this.

9 hours ago, Interdimensional Observer said:

The final battle was unfortunately too easy on Hard Classic GD.

Am i just bad? Because that battle gave me way too much trouble and i'm specifically refering to the final boss (the map itself is still ass but whatever, there's been worse). Even after the barrier is taken down, the final boss is just way too strong. I beat it with a Sublime Ruptured Heaven -> Luna but this only worked because i got a crit with the former. In other words, it was actually luck that allowed me to even win.

...And yet everyone's saying that the final battle was easy, even on Hard. What the fuck?

 

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so decided to take a look at regretera (a mistake i know) and 

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exactly why GF will get away with it.

Casuals probably don'T even know about the whole thing

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4 minutes ago, Shrimperor said:

so decided to take a look at regretera (a mistake i know) and 

NsSFiAG.png

exactly why GF will get away with it.

Casuals probably don'T even know about the whole thing

The scariest thing here is that Resetera is actually wanting to buy a game.

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Mai Shiranui too lewd for Smash. RIP the Nep dream

 

1 hour ago, Armagon said:

The scariest thing here is that Resetera is actually wanting to buy a game.

ikr? So if reactionary dudes like them who REEEEEEE at everything are ok with one of the more controversial gaming decisions, i don't think many people will mind, either.

Pokemon will never evolve

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41 minutes ago, Armagon said:

The scariest thing here is that Resetera is actually wanting to buy a game.

Indeed it is.

Meanwhile, I have seen some comments from people who decided to buy the Digimon Cyber Sleuth bundle instead. Oh, how the times change.
Though it isn't surprising considering the Cyber Sleuth games absolutely blow every Pokémon game out of the water in nearly every aspect.

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@ArmagonHow's Atelier Ryza going for you?
I was experimenting with synthesis a bit recently and unlocked some recipes. The Ice Bomb looks hilarious; it's just an ice cube with a wick. I do prefer the snowman from Arland, though.

1 minute ago, Shrimperor said:

RIP the Nep dream

*sheds tears*

3 minutes ago, Shrimperor said:

Pokemon will never evolve

Oh, the fothermucking irony!

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6 minutes ago, Shrimperor said:

Mai Shiranui too lewd for Smash. RIP the Nep dream

Sakurai did it so that people wouldn't fail No Nut November.

Also

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Everyone who says "who?" at each new character reveal is now in shambles.

6 minutes ago, Shrimperor said:

ikr? So if a reactionary dudes like them who REEEEEEE at everything are ok with one of the more controversial gaming decision, i don't think many people will mind, either.

Well Resetera is a subterrenean goblin cave so they don't get to have opinions. That said, it is true that many people will buy the games regardless of Dexit. There are two in that category

  1. People who just don't give a shit about transfering (even before Dexit)
  2. Newcomers who don't have anything to transfer

I think most of the competitive scene is either on the fence or won't be buying the game because Dexit affects them the most but the competitive scene is tiny compared to the casual scene and the bigger mistake was playing competitive Pokemon anyway.

7 minutes ago, DragonFlames said:

How's Atelier Ryza going for you?

It's pretty good. I've made quite a bit of progress. I think i might be near the end of the main story but i'm not too sure. The game's really enjoyable though i think my biggest issue is that there aren't that many character events. There's definitly enough but i think Atelier Lulua was better in the character events department so i think Atelier Lulua might still be my favorite Atelier game. Atelier Ryza is definitly at least a very close second.

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1 minute ago, Armagon said:

Well Resetera is a subterrenean goblin cave so they don't get to have opinions. That said, it is true that many people will buy the games regardless of Dexit. There are two in that category

  1. People who just don't give a shit about transfering (even before Dexit)
  2. Newcomers who don't have anything to transfer

I think most of the competitive scene is either on the fence or won't be buying the game because Dexit affects them the most but the competitive scene is tiny compared to the casual scene and the bigger mistake was playing competitive Pokemon anyway.

Shots fired!

Honestly, I was in the first category you mentioned. The only time I really messed around with transferring stuff was when I needed some unobtainable Pokémon to fill the 'dex (legendaries and starters, mostly) in the newer games.

3 minutes ago, Armagon said:

It's pretty good. I've made quite a bit of progress. I think i might be near the end of the main story but i'm not too sure. The game's really enjoyable though i think my biggest issue is that there aren't that many character events. There's definitly enough but i think Atelier Lulua was better in the character events department so i think Atelier Lulua might still be my favorite Atelier game. Atelier Ryza is definitly at least a very close second.

That sounds good!
There don't seem to be as many playable characters in general. Beyond the three that the game gives you at the start, I've only seen one who might also join the party (which you already confirmed for me).
For my part, I haven't gotten too far, because I'm busy with uni (not that one) stuff at the moment, so I can't play too much. I just can't get over how gorgeous the environments are and how peaceful the music is.

3 minutes ago, Armagon said:

Sakurai did it so that people wouldn't fail No Nut November.

That is assuming that people didn't fail that already. Which is a bold assumption to make.

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1 hour ago, Shrimperor said:

so decided to take a look at regretera (a mistake i know) and 

NsSFiAG.png

exactly why GF will get away with it.

Casuals probably don'T even know about the whole thing

For all of their outrage they never have the guts to actually go through with it. 

Don't spout about how outraged you are that a developer racist/homophobic/vile etc. and then buy their game. At the very least buy it used if it is a niche game.

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Honestly, the biggest travesty with Sword and Shield will be when we find out that Stealth Rock is still in the game.

23 minutes ago, Armagon said:

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Everyone who says "who?" at each new character reveal is now in shambles.

Oh yeah, KOS-MOS time.

Normally I would be inclined to believe Sakurai, but Nintendo picked all the DLC characters this time so I don't know how true this is.

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39 minutes ago, DragonFlames said:

Though it isn't surprising considering the Cyber Sleuth games absolutely blow every Pokémon game out of the water in nearly every aspect.

you played them? How are they? i have been thinking of getting them some day as a ''monster collecting'' game as i am kinda missing the genre, but at the same time i am kinda afraid it will bore me out.

And how are the random encounters in them? Can you go around them ala Pokemon?

24 minutes ago, Armagon said:

Though it isn't surprising considering the Cyber Sleuth games absolutely blow every Pokémon game out of the water in nearly every aspect.

While Nep Dream is dead, Adol Dream still alive!

25 minutes ago, Armagon said:

Well Resetera is a subterrenean goblin cave so they don't get to have opinions. That said, it is true that many people will buy the games regardless of Dexit. There are two in that category

  1. People who just don't give a shit about transfering (even before Dexit)
  2. Newcomers who don't have anything to transfer

I think most of the competitive scene is either on the fence or won't be buying the game because Dexit affects them the most but the competitive scene is tiny compared to the casual scene and the bigger mistake was playing competitive Pokemon anyway.

Honestly, Dexit is just a drop in the sea of dissapointments for me tbh (As i usually only used transfers post game anyway). It's just when you compare every other Series you grew up with with Pokemon, you see how it's just the same Pokemon as always, and that instead of evolving they keep cutting features.

So 'Dexit' didn't really change my decision as i was not going to buy new pokemon game anyway unless it heavily evolved like how every other Ninty game dead. But it's sad to see how they keep removing features, make the game cost more and people will still defend them.

Also Dexit is a horrible name as it could refer to something else irl that i never ever want to happen xD

 

7 minutes ago, Strullemia said:

For all of their outrage they never have the guts to actually go through with it. 

truely regretera

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44 minutes ago, DragonFlames said:

There don't seem to be as many playable characters in general. Beyond the three that the game gives you at the start, I've only seen one who might also join the party (which you already confirmed for me).

There are six in total (so a bit less than Lulua's eight playable characters) though the reserve section has enough spots for eight characters so i'm assuming more are on the way via DLC but there's nothing about that on the DLC schedule.

Speaking of DLC, i think some of it might actually be worth it this time. There are going to be DLC side-stories with each playable character in the lead. These are actual side-stories so characters have fixed stats and don't level up.

Change BGM is also being added in as free DLC, except for Atelier Lulua music where it's bundled with a seperate Gust music pack that you have to pay for, for some reason. I don't know why they didn't just put Atelier Lulua music with the rest of Atelier.

44 minutes ago, DragonFlames said:

For my part, I haven't gotten too far, because I'm busy with uni (not that one) stuff at the moment, so I can't play too much.

Understandable. College for me hasn't really been that hard. Other than math, which i regularly do each week, i can actually get away with doing most things the day it's due. Of course, i'm still in my first year so that strategy won't be viable forever.

33 minutes ago, Lightchao42 said:

Oh yeah, KOS-MOS time.

Shion would still be the better Xenosaga rep. I will die on that hill.

 

27 minutes ago, Shrimperor said:

Adol Dream still alive!

I deadass read this too fast and i read Adol as Avdol. As in the JoJo character

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27 minutes ago, Shrimperor said:

It's just when you compare every other Series you grew up with with Pokemon, you see how it's just the same Pokemon as always, and that instead of evolving they keep cutting features.

Yeah, Pokemon has recently stagnated but because the series is so big, it's for that to really be felt by most people. 

But i think it's telling when more people have more fond memories of Gens 1 through 5 than Gens 6 and 7. Because there was a time when Pokemon actually making an effort to change. B2W2 was the peak. But then Gens 6 and 7, as much as i like those as well, that's when Game Freak began to cut corners. Then Ultra Sun and Moon came out and i think that's when the series really started going downhill, at least for me. And even spin-offs aren't doing so well. Mystery Dungeon hasn't had a good game since Explorers of Sky but even beyond that, Pokemon spin-offs are just mobile games now. Admitadly Game Freak doesn't do the spin-offs but still.

 

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9 hours ago, Armagon said:

Am i just bad? Because that battle gave me way too much trouble and i'm specifically refering to the final boss (the map itself is still ass but whatever, there's been worse). Even after the barrier is taken down, the final boss is just way too strong. I beat it with a Sublime Ruptured Heaven -> Luna but this only worked because i got a crit with the former. In other words, it was actually luck that allowed me to even win.

...And yet everyone's saying that the final battle was easy, even on Hard. What the fuck?

First, yes, the final boss was hard. Pretty much the rest of the map wasn't, the final boss was unfair being too dodgy, too strong, and too regenerative.

I needed a barely not OHKO'ed Lorenz with Heartseeker landing Ragnarok, a hit (he missed one of his two) from Claude buffed by Byleth and Hilda, a Seteth Focused Strike Silver Axe hit, and a Lys Luna. All of this with less than 100% guaranteed hit rates, and not a single damage heal proc from the final boss to undo my hard work. I had 8 Pulses left to redo things if I had to, but this was still hard, or perhaps "unfair" is the better word.

Things would be better if the boss only had a 25-30% HP heal and everything else was the same. I could chip him down safely over time before a final blast if the heal wasn't so big. I have played two SRWs, they have had final bosses consisting of ??????? HP that regens 30% a turn and usually have Warp Fields on top of that to half most incoming damage. Those seem better designed than 3H's final boss, although SRW has Strike for 100% hit rates for one turn and Alert for one guaranteed dodge.

 

As for the rest of the 3H GD final battle, one key lesson: Enemies. Are. Statues. Most story maps in the later half of the game, and some even before then, are 95% composed of enemies who will do absolutely nothing if nobody enters their ranges or aggros someone else in their small group if they belong to one. If you aren't playing for turn counts, baiting and turtling will give you full control of every enemy's movement, there will be no danger you do not take up yourself.

And I'm surprised the final battle terrain wasn't very bothersome actually, it could've slowed you down way more than it did, but they held back on that.

 

1 hour ago, Armagon said:

I think most of the competitive scene is either on the fence or won't be buying the game because Dexit affects them the most but the competitive scene is tiny compared to the casual scene and the bigger mistake was playing competitive Pokemon anyway.

Yeah, I wonder if it's going to bifurcated by this. Since the new gen won't have all Pokemon, will they keep the USUM competitive scene alive for those who don't want to be boxed into the 400?

 

16 minutes ago, Armagon said:

Shion would still be the better Xenosaga rep. I will die on that hill.

Fun to play still likely means having to pick the "most main" character. And I don't necessarily like that myself. My fantasy Smash pick is secondary to another boring sword user.

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52 minutes ago, Shrimperor said:

you played them? How are they? i have been thinking of getting them some day as a ''monster collecting'' game as i am kinda missing the genre, but at the same time i am kinda afraid it will bore me out.

And how are the random encounters in them? Can you go around them ala Pokemon?

Mini-review go!
Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth and DSCS Hacker's Memory are both fantastic games in my opinion. Random encounters are... well, random. There is no going around them. But that's not so bad, because the battle system is fun enough. It's turn based, you have up to three Digimon out on the field in battle and turn order is displayed on-screen, like in the Atelier games pre-Ryza, Trails of Cold Steel, Neptunia, Fairy Fencer, and Final Fantasy X. Your Digimon can either attack normally or with a skill and each of the Digimon comes with its own special move. Some particular ones have two special moves.
There is also a sort of type advantage mechanic like FE's weapon triangle. Each Digimon has a type: Data, Vaccine, Virus, and Free. The advantages go like this:
Vaccine > Virus > Data > Vaccine.
Free has no advantages or disadvantages against any other type. The "beats" translates to double and half damage, respectively (ex. if you attack a Virus type with a Data type, you only deal half damage, attack with a Vaccine type, your damage doubles).
There are also elements that come to play and each element also has an advantage over another. The multiplier for this is 1.5 damage for an effective element. There is no "non-effective" element, though.
The element advantages look something like this: Fire > Grass > Water > Fire; Electricty > Wind > Ground > Electricity; Dark > Light > Dark
The multipliers stack, so if, say a Fire-type Vaccine attacks a Grass-type Virus, the attack will deal 3x normal damage. And if a Light-type Data attacks a Dark-type Virus, the attack will deal 0.75x normal damage.

The main gameplay consists of completing cases (this game's quest system) for rewards. During exploration, your active party follows you around. And yes, even the largest and most threatening Digimon follow you, which looks something like this:
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Don'cha mess with me!

The actual party size is 11 Digimon and all of them get the full EXP from battle.
Sadly, the dungeon aesthetic doesn't ever get much better than what you see in that screenshot. If you play the game, you'll know why it is that way, but it's worth mentioning regardless. The camera is also fixed at all times.

You obtain Digimon by fighting them and scanning them (this is done automatically at the beginning of each battle). Once they are 100% scanned, which takes some battles, you can then "convert" them at the DigiLab and put them in your party. If your party is full, there is the DigiFarm, where you can put your Digimon to have them level up automatically. You can have up to five of these DigiFarms and each Farm holds 10 Digimon.
This basically means that grinding, while there, is a complete non-issue.
Difficulty is alright, I'd say. It's not too hard, but not too easy. Everything is doable without optimizing, luckily, even on Hard Mode. Though there is plenty of opportunity to cheese the games.

Evolving Digimon (or "Digivolving") is a bit different. By which I mean VERY different. The Digimon in this game don't have a fixed evolutionary line like in the Anime (ex. Agumon -> Greymon -> MetalGreymon -> WarGreymon), instead you can choose which evolution path to pick. To digivolve, your Digimon also needs to hit certain stat-benchmarks, such as level, attack, friendship etc.
You can even de-digivolve them into previous forms, which is downright necessary sometimes, because the Digimon you convert have a low level limit, which you can raise by digivolving and de-digivolving them until it hits 99.
This encourages a lot of experimentation and adds to the replayability of the game for me.

Each game has a very good amount of Digimon, as well. The original Cyber Sleuth had something along the lines of 260 and the second game, Hacker's Memory ups that number to 340-something. All of them have their own unique special moves and animations, too.

Sorry if that got a bit wall-of-text-y.

25 minutes ago, Armagon said:

Understandable. College for me hasn't really been that hard. Other than math, which i regularly do each week, i can actually get away with doing most things the day it's due. Of course, i'm still in my first year so that strategy won't be viable forever.

Depends. If you get a good rhythm going, the workload will feel like it never increases. I actually feel like I'm doing less now than I did during my first year of university. It's just that I have two presentations at the end of the month, for which I need to read no less than three 40+ page essays and two books. That's basically what's keeping me busy right now.

25 minutes ago, Armagon said:

There are six in total (so a bit less than Lulua's eight playable characters) though the reserve section has enough spots for eight characters so i'm assuming more are on the way via DLC but there's nothing about that on the DLC schedule.

Speaking of DLC, i think some of it might actually be worth it this time. There are going to be DLC side-stories with each playable character in the lead. These are actual side-stories so characters have fixed stats and don't level up.

Change BGM is also being added in as free DLC, except for Atelier Lulua music where it's bundled with a seperate Gust music pack that you have to pay for, for some reason. I don't know why they didn't just put Atelier Lulua music with the rest of Atelier.

Six, eh? Huh. I wonder who the other two are (don't spoil, please).
As far as the DLC goes, I'll see if I want to buy it or not. For now, I'm fine with the base game.

25 minutes ago, Armagon said:

Yeah, Pokemon has recently stagnated but because the series is so big, it's for that to really be felt by most people. 

But i think it's telling when more people have more fond memories of Gens 1 through 5 than Gens 6 and 7. Because there was a time when Pokemon actually making an effort to change. B2W2 was the peak. But then Gens 6 and 7, as much as i like those as well, that's when Game Freak began to cut corners. Then Ultra Sun and Moon came out and i think that's when the series really started going downhill, at least for me. And even spin-offs aren't doing so well. Mystery Dungeon hasn't had a good game since Explorers of Sky but even beyond that, Pokemon spin-offs are just mobile games now.

Spin-off wise, Pokémon hit an all-time high in Gens III and IV. Between Pokémon Colosseum, Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, the Mystery Dungeon and Ranger games, the spin-offs were arguably better than the mainline titles.
My personal "I don't want to play Pokémon anymore" was the demo for Sun and Moon. Everything just felt so damn soulless. Not to mention the obnoxious music and Pokémon designs as a whole.

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40 minutes ago, Armagon said:

But then Gens 6 and 7, as much as i like those as well, that's when Game Freak began to cut corners. Then Ultra Sun and Moon came out and i think that's when the series really started going downhill, at least for me.

Biggest problem for me with 3DS gens is imo the lack of a post game. Where the hell is the post game? I am one of the few who love Gen 7 due to the changes they did and finally removing HMs. But the post game consisted of 1 route....

Gen2/3/4/5 had so much more. Gen 2 and Gen 2 remakes had a whole fucking region open in the post game.

19 minutes ago, Interdimensional Observer said:

Yeah, I wonder if it's going to bifurcated by this. Since the new gen won't have all Pokemon, will they keep the USUM competitive scene alive for those who don't want to be boxed into the 400?

Showdown will just make a USUM+ meta including the 80 or so new pokemon

14 minutes ago, DragonFlames said:

-snip-

Nice Nice. Thanks for the mini read up! I should get it some time. Maybe when i get a switch as a replacement for pokemon...

14 minutes ago, DragonFlames said:

for which I need to read no less than three 40+ page essays and two books.

OOF. Good luck. I am in a smiliar boot atm with my thesis having to write ~60 Pages or so by early next month. I was hoping to get a 'first version' done or so by yesterday, but i am still at the first part of documenting lmao.

I hate documenting, as i said many times before... Worse yet, everytime i try to write something for uni... i write Nepfics instead.

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