Post by nocturnal YL on Jun 20, 2018 14:04:00 GMT -5
Didn't have much time to play lately, thanks to all those Smash news and such. I spent much time watching what limited gameplay that's there in the demo. Besides that, I was doing some requests in Atelier Lydie & Suelle, which didn't really matter as those don't unlock any extra cutscenes or anything else.
I just started playing The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince, which I bought a few weeks ago. It's a short platform puzzle game not unlike those browser games of the same genre out there. There are probably freeware games longer than this, but I spent HK$468 (US$60) on this. Yay for overpriced games. I'm surprised that this isn't download-only, which is good news because I'd outright ignore those.
Price aside, it is a beautifully made game, with a nice sketchbook style telling a story of a wolf monster who grew fond of a little adoable prince who's just so pure. D'awwww. (There's stylized, animated blood, though. Who'd have known? Apparently, this is only enough to raise the CERO rating to B, whereas FE Warriors got a C by simply including Camilla. Get your priorities straight, CERO.)
Not showing any story trailer here, because even that could be a spoiler. Currently available in Japan for PS4, PS Vita and Switch. No words on a western release yet.
Post by nocturnal YL on Jun 22, 2018 15:29:57 GMT -5
I just finished The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince. I got everything, except 6 trophies relating to speed runs and pacifist runs and a "get all trophies" trophy (Platinum trophy in PlayStation terminology). Online guides say those aren't very difficult, but I think otherwise.
This game is rather short (a good player should reach 100% completion in 10 hours) and has quite a lot of obvious bugs, but is otherwise a very considerate game. It lets you skip the game itself if you're not good at action puzzles, which is good since the story is much better than the gameplay.
I like its premise and presentation. Don't think it's worth the official retail price of 7500 yen (PS4 / Switch) / 6500 yen (PS Vita), though. It seems rather common for these small-scale games to be more expensive than full-fledged games, but this is going too far. Still, personally, I don't regret this purchase at all.
Well, I recently got myself a Switch about a month ago, and though I haven't had much free time, I've really sunken my teeth into The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, trying to do as blind of a playthrough as I can. Other than that, I also picked up Kirby: Triple Deluxe a few weeks before that, and I've been playing sporadically, though not as much thanks to BotW. I'm almost at 100%, but what's left isn't that enticing.
What I definitely need, especially for the Switch, is a game that I can play on and off without getting sucked into it for too long, something like FTL. Thing is, most games I see for the Switch are the types of games like BotW, in which just a half hour play session feels lacking.
Does the Warriors type games (Fire Emblem / Hyrule Warriors) fulfill that criteria? If so, I could pick one of those up, even though in the past I've always been kind of disparaging when it comes to those types of games.
Post by nocturnal YL on Jul 6, 2018 23:13:14 GMT -5
Hi there! It's been a while!
Can't speak for Hyrule Warriors, but I have 400+ hours in Fire Emblem Warriors and I still haven't maxed all support levels for the DLC characters. I don't grind specifically, though.
But if your goal is to just finish Story Mode and History Mode, it's not that long (although it does get boring). Also, Fire Emblem Warriors has short, 15-minute play sessions as opposed to having a large playfield like a lot of RPGs do.
If you're looking for games what you can play on-and-off, I suggest getting one of those platformers with short play sessions. Kirby Star Allies would fit that requirement (a few minutes per stage, about 20 hours needed for 100%), unless you want to finish the extra Guest Star mode with all characters.
While I'm here, here's some updates on my side:
Got all trophies in The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince. Other than the hardest pacifist run, none of these are difficult at all. In the end, it took me 6 hours to finish a game that's advertised to be 100% clearable in 5 hours.
Got a few more support levels in Fire Emblem Warriors. Its action game nature makes it a bit more annoying than the very repetitive but fast Awakening and Fates.
At the beginning of Chapter 5 in Ys VIII. So far, it exceeded my expectation of what one of the oldest and greatest ARPGs would offer (I especially love the ability to view past cutscenes). …Except not having consistent voice acting in all cutscenes. FE15, ♯FE, Liar Princess, Zelda BotW, Atelier 19, even the old FE10 exceeded it in this aspect. (More on this game when I do beat it, which could be a while.)
3DS activity is completely dead. I expect to play WarioWare when it comes out, and after that I will no longer be playing it actively.
I have actually been playing quite a bit on my 3DS lately. I bought Miitopia when it released last year, but I only played about an hour or two. Now I'm playing it for real, and it's actually a really awesome game. The rich sense of humour and absurdity makes it a real joy to play, I'm hoping somewhere down the line we can get Miitopia 2!
Post by nocturnal YL on Oct 17, 2018 15:09:29 GMT -5
Currently playing… nothing. Okay, I still play Kirby Star Allies and Project DIVA Future Tone DX as time fillers. I want to hear about new games on one hand, but not getting anything is actually helpful for me to perfect games that don't need to be perfected.
Previously playing: Super Mario Party and Mega Man 11.
Super Mario Party is basically a mini Mario Party (so not quite an "11th main game"), with short sessions and a very easy way to unlock minigames (you always unlock new minigames in the board games' minigame roulette if possible). The worst part is River Survival; you get only 10 minigames (which get boring quickly), but you need to play it 5 times (which amounts to about 70 minigame sessions).
Mega Man 11 was a short but fun game. Complete newbies who can play action games just fine (like me) should play Normal or Superhero despite descriptions saying they're for veterans. Mega Man's ability is upgradable, which should cover the skill gap just fine.
I'm kind of bored. But no, I don't need to get new games now.
Post by Nester the Lark on Oct 17, 2018 19:07:16 GMT -5
I've been having a bit of gaming ADD lately. I've not yet finished Torna: The Golden Country, but I think I'm near the end. I also have not yet finished Ys VIII, but I think I'm getting near the end of that, too.
Because it's October, I started playing and streaming a game of Quest for Glory IV: Shadows of Darkness, but I stalled when I started having technical issues. Recently, I also squeezed Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water back on my Wii U (had to delete a bunch of things, including all Smash Bros update data), so I've been playing that a bit.
And I've also had the urge to play some Fire Emblem, of all things.
So, yeah, basically playing a bunch of games and not finishing them.
Right now I'm playing Super Mario Galaxy. A game I never ended up buying back when it was released, as I was waiting for Mario Kart and Brawl and my budget was limited. I ended up buying it back in 2012 together with a pile (probably 30 or so, many that I still haven't played) of other Wii games but I didn't begin to play it until now, 11 years after its release. I had only played it for about 1 hour back when it was new with a friend of mine.
Not much to complain about, although shaking the Wiimote gets a bit tedious in certain levels. I totally like the pointer though and there are many interesting things. The gravity physics are cool, although sometimes I miss the exploration element of Sunshine or 64. I sometimes get confused with these levels. At least I don't have to collect blue coins or do those 100 coin stars anymore though.
Currently about 40 stars into the game, so there's a lot more to do. Not sure if I will play though the game as Luigi though, it feels a bit cheap extending the game like that, but maybe in the future.
Wii Code:6089-6492-2409-3524 name:simon My Mario Kart Code:3222-5767-1824 name:fetto
nocturnal YL: My current plan is to play Atelier Firis DX now, which online guides suggest is long. Atelier Lydie & Suelle DX will likewise be long (longer than the original too, due to DLC, DX additions and I'll make the best items). I'll maybe play Ys Origin after.
Jun 14, 2021 10:28:43 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Not sure about what I'll play after. Another Atelier game will probably be out by then, either completing the Secret series or giving us Arland 5. Either way, I'll probably play those before going elsewhere. Dusk will have to wait for quite a bit…
Jun 14, 2021 10:31:02 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: Wondering if I should get Mario Golf at launch or wait a couple of months. I have so many other things to play that my gaming (and wallet) might need a little breathing room.
Jun 17, 2021 9:23:48 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: The problem with playing Hyrule Warriors and a modern Ys game at the same time is that even though the combat feels somewhat similar, the controls are completely different, and I get confused.
Jun 23, 2021 8:57:58 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: Yeah I'm here, but kinda vaguely. Sorry, I haven't had too much to say lately.
Jul 8, 2021 11:28:57 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: By the way, I don't know if you guys have been keeping up with OCR on YouTube, but apparently they're dropping an album for a game I grew up on, Jet Force Gemini. Really pumped; I'll post a review when they finish.
Jul 8, 2021 11:30:44 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: Or at least when my Top 3 from that game are on the Toobz. Just one more song to go.
Jul 8, 2021 11:31:13 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I feel like I've been neglecting the forum more than usual lately. Been distracted by other things. I'll try to post something when I get the chance.
Jul 16, 2021 10:38:22 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I don't have time to make posts. Atelier Firis DX takes forever to play. When I'm not playing, I'm in a read-only mode, reading guides and watching (unrelated) videos.
Jul 17, 2021 13:25:38 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: On that note, I'll probably make a review on the whole trilogy, so it will be a while until I talk about these games in details here. I can say Atelier Firis DX has far exceeded my expectation and has taken over Totori as my 3rd fav.
Jul 17, 2021 13:31:06 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Uh, I take that back. Atelier Firis has a lot of merits, but also a lot of drawbacks. It's extremely tedious for 100% completion, and there are all kinds of other flaws. Still good for the exploration aspect and certain plots like Liane's character events.
Aug 9, 2021 13:38:12 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I don't know where I'd place it. A bit above Atelier Totori? A bit below it? I still think it's pretty good, at any rate. If only they could keep this game's engine but dial back its scale and make a traditional Atelier. Totally not foreshadowing anything.
Aug 9, 2021 13:45:07 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I've finished Ys IX, so I'll be working on a detailed write-up and comparison with Ys VIII.
Aug 17, 2021 8:09:12 GMT -5
Spud: I try to keep up with here, but the proboard RSS feed suuuucks. And Thunderbird is barely passable as a feed aggregator. I feel like the internet was just better in 2007.
Sept 3, 2021 10:43:42 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I may have a little time to catch my breath...
Sept 6, 2021 19:09:08 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Game progress update: Atelier Lydie & Suelle DX — defeated Falgior, so it's about 1/3 done (about 1/4 if I count post-game item grinding); WarioWare: Get It Together! — played up to the staff credits (about 5%, I guess).
Sept 15, 2021 12:30:19 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: This pic is how I'd rate my games on Nintendo Switch so far (subject to change). Numbers are meant to show relative positions; like temperatures in °C and °F, absolute values don't mean much.
Sept 15, 2021 12:36:36 GMT -5