Post by Nester the Lark on Mar 19, 2019 16:13:10 GMT -5
So, I inadvertently took about a week off from Sacred Stones, but I've just gotten back to it. I've finished chapter 18, so I'm getting near the end. I'm wondering if I should try to do the tower before I get to the endgame. Is there a point of no return? Or any reason to do the tower outside of just for fun?
So far, I think I enjoy this game more than Blazing Blade, and at least as much as Shadow Dragon. I like being able to roam around a world map and do things between chapters, as well as the branching promotions. It makes the game feel a little more flexible. (I think Shadow Dragon let you change a character's class at any time, but I never messed with it.) Also, I like that it's only 20 chapters plus endgame. The shorter campaign keeps me from feeling too burned out, but the length can still be extended through optional content like the tower and skirmishes, so I can decide what kind of experience I want.
I did kinda miss the illustrations from Blazing Blade and Shadow Dragon, tho. There were certain story events that would've benefited from them, and their absence made it feel like Sacred Stones had a smaller budget.
Eirika and Ephraim are probably among my favorite FE lords, if mainly because of their sweet brother-sister relationship. The fact that they spend much of the game separated made it feel very satisfying when they were finally together. (Naturally, I maxed out their support level.) Neither of them had better die by the end...
I don't have much to say about the story until I finish the game.
Overall, out of the FE games I've played, I feel like this is the one I'd be most likely to replay, mainly to see Ephraim's route.
After you beat the final boss, you can explore the tower as much as you want, and even unlock some extra characters. As for the game feeling smaller budget, that's pretty accurate for its development. This game was announced after Path of Radiance was announced, and released before PoR, so that should give you a pretty good idea about it.
Post by Nester the Lark on Apr 2, 2019 22:54:46 GMT -5
It took me a while to get around to it, but I finally finished Sacred Stones. I have now finished all the Fire Emblem games I own.
I don't really have much more to add from what I said before. I really enjoyed it, especially considering it's the third FE game I've finished since I started Shadow Dragon in November.
For the story... To be honest, I usually just glaze over the stories in FE, as well as many RPGs, but I did enjoy the story. I tend to be more interested in the characters, themselves, though, and I liked the cast overall at least as much as Blazing Blade's.
Special shout-out to Neimi, who is probably now my favorite FE bow-user. I wasn't sure how I felt about her at first, but then I realized that I can kinda relate to her, and I got really attached. I paired her with Artur and promoted her to a ranger, and they both ended up being some of my best units. Also, she came from a village named Lark, so what's not to love?
But now, I'm going to take a long break from FE until Three Houses comes out.
Post by Nester the Lark on Jan 27, 2021 11:28:43 GMT -5
I posted this in the shoutbox, but I think it's worth preserving in a post.
Here's an English fan cover of the song "Reincarnation" from Tokyo Mirage Sessions. It's interesting because it suggests what an English dub of the game could have been like. I can easily imagine an English voice actor for Kiria sounding just like this.
This person also did a cover of "The Edge of Dawn" from Fire Emblem: Three houses that's really good, too.
Post by Nester the Lark on Feb 8, 2021 11:38:53 GMT -5
Here's the interviews:
This isn't what I expected. I thought it might just be a quick 10-20 minute Nintendo Minute video, but this is much bigger than that. I also wasn't expecting a Fire Emblem Heroes character to be conducting the interviews. Well worth watching, though!
Christian La Monte tells the best story about voicing Ignatz's S-support conversation. (EDIT: I keep writing "S-rank" when I mean S-support.)
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