Post by Nester the Lark on Mar 18, 2023 10:17:04 GMT -5
I forgot to mention one minor thing. I think I said before (probably in the shout box) that the lip sync for the characters was not re-synced for the English voice acting, but it turns out I was half-wrong about that. It *is* re-synced, but only outside of pre-rendered cutscenes (which is what I was comparing before without realizing it).
This is a detail I really appreciate, as it not only looks more natural, but also allows the actors to have a more natural delivery due to not having to match animation made for a different language.
Post by nocturnal YL on Mar 23, 2023 9:20:06 GMT -5
The DLC consists of maps with player characters of fixed levels and items, making it kind of like the Heirs of Fate DLC from FE Fates. Characters from the DLC will join the player after it's cleared, although the Japanese site only shows Nel as an example. It's not known if the Four Winds will join too.
Post by Nester the Lark on Apr 1, 2023 9:00:16 GMT -5
So, apparently there's an interview with Intelligent Systems in the latest issue of Nintendo Dream magazine, and it confirms some rumors and other details about the development of Engage. This Reddit thread provides a rundown.*
Engage was developed around the same time as Three Houses.
The developers deliberately went for a complete opposite direction in tone compared to Three Houses, for experimentation and exploration's sake as far what Fire Emblem could be.
Engage's release was meant to coincide with the franchise's 30th anniversary and release in 2020, meaning the leak from last year was indeed accurate on that.
It's confirmed COVID-19 tore those plans apart.
The silver lining is that the delay allowed the devs to polish the gameplay (and mainly, the Engage mechanic) further.
Engage originally had a CERO C rating (as in, for players of 15 years old and more) before it was later lowered to B (12 and up) so the game could be marketed to a younger demographic.
This issue only contains the first half of the interview. The next one is coming next month.
* Worth taking into account that this is an English translation of Japanese fan tweets that sum up the Japanese article in question, so there's a game of telephone going on.
Interesting to note that Engage and Three Houses were developed around the same time, which I guess explains why Koei Tecmo was developing the latter.
Not mentioned here is the rumor that a remake of Genealogy of the Holy War is also supposed to be ready for release. Three Houses' internal code name was "Iron17," whereas Engage is "Iron19," leading to speculation of a "missing" game. If there is, was it also developed around the same time as Engage and Three Houses? And if so, who worked it? TOSE? (Just letting my imagination run wild here.)
Post by Nester the Lark on Apr 17, 2023 9:58:07 GMT -5
I've finished my playthrough of Fire Emblem Engage. I played on Normal/Casual, and finished all paralogues. My final save data clocks in at 87 hours, 48 minutes. I have not bought the DLC.
In the past, I've had a hard time deciding what my "favorite" Fire Emblem game is because there wasn't necessarily one that stood out to me as being head and shoulders above the rest. However, with Engage, I feel pretty confident in saying that it's my favorite so far.
It's kind of funny because my initial impression when the game was first revealed was not the most positive. But some of my initial misgivings, like the character designs and graphical style, ended up being some of my favorite things about it.
While I have not bought the DLC, I am considering it now, but I'll probably save it for when I do another playthrough. For now, I might try more of the online modes, but I think I'm going to take a break for a while.
Post by Nester the Lark on Nov 5, 2023 10:32:05 GMT -5
I've finished my second playthrough of Engage. This one took me 102 hours, 42 minutes, which is almost exactly 15 hours longer than my first playthrough. I spent a lot more time doing skirmishes and online relay trials. Overall, I've spent far more time on Engage than I did on Three Houses. In fact, I'd say that I'd rather play Engage's single route four times than all four of Three Houses' different routes.
I still don't have the DLC, but now it's definitely something I would want next time I come back to the game.
Here are some random musings:
I chose male Alear for both of my playthroughs. Normally, I would swap between both versions of the character when replaying a game (I did this with Three Houses), but I guess I just got attached to the male version. His English voice actor can be a little over the top during dramatic scenes when it sounds like he's about to start sobbing at any moment, but I started to find that endearing. (Maybe even a little relatable. ) I'd likely pick female Alear for a third playthrough, though.
I changed up my team a little bit. I used some different characters, while keeping some of my favorites. I used all of the main royal leaders just for the sake of being consistent with the story, but they were all really good units. I don't mess around with changing classes much (aside from promotions), so it made for a different experience.
In my first playthough, I got S support with Alfred. This time I went with Veyle. I think I prefer Alfred, though. He's such a wholesome character, and doesn't deserve the fate he gets in his solo ending.
I wonder if the post-credits scene is meant to be a teaser for a possible sequel, but more likely it's just meant to stir your imagination. I would love to see more done with this setting, though.
nocturnal YL: I just realised that I haven't made a proper post for more than a month. I was either busy at work and thus didn't want to make long posts, or I was busy playing… well, you know. Time spent on playing games is time not spent on talking about games.
Nov 19, 2023 12:14:24 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I was thinking how I considered the original Donkey Kong Country to be a generic Super Mario Bros clone with fancy graphics, but SMB Wonder only just caught up to the level of quality that DKC Tropical Freeze gave us almost a decade ago.
Nov 20, 2023 14:57:21 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: This is surprising. I see DKC as the least Mario-like platformer to feature a Mario character. The Wario Land games still feature Mario-style blocks and pipes, for example, while DKC lacks many Mario elements.
Nov 21, 2023 8:16:55 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: True that DKC lacks a lot of specific Mario-like details, but it has the basic gameplay in that you run, jump, and defeat enemies by landing on them. I didn't see it as having much more than this, thus why I considered it generic.
Nov 21, 2023 9:27:07 GMT -5
Evie ❤✿: Yeah, psychologically there is a 'first example' thing. When something new is released and is thought to be innovative, and becomes popular it can lead to comparing newer games to be like it (so we have newer genres like "Metroidvania").
Nov 24, 2023 18:28:16 GMT -5
Evie ❤✿: I find it interesting with platformers, it's less often that we regard platform games after Mario as "Mario-like". On this note, I also find it interesting how certain genres are treated differently.
Nov 24, 2023 18:29:32 GMT -5
Evie ❤✿: In addition to the "platform" (rather than Mario-like) and Metroidvania examples (incidentally there were games like Metroid and Castlevania before their release), some games are seen as "rip-offs" if people think they're too similar.
Nov 24, 2023 18:31:26 GMT -5
Evie ❤✿: An example is how some people treat Fossil Fighters, Robopon, Yo-Kai Watch as Pokémon 'rip-offs' or clones, and the 'monster-battling' genre is often seen as less 'mainstream' than something like 'platformer'.
Nov 24, 2023 18:32:39 GMT -5
Evie ❤✿: Also on that note, often people on databases, wikis, etc. stick to only a few genre labels like "platform", "arcade", "fighting", "racing" etc. but there are many more ways to describe a game.
Nov 24, 2023 18:35:03 GMT -5
Evie ❤✿: The developers may choose to advertise their game using their own genre, so for instance Starfy was given the label "marine action" in Japan rather than "platformer". I think in essence these don't exist in isolation though.
Nov 24, 2023 18:36:28 GMT -5
Evie ❤✿: It also reminds me of how there was apparently a debate on whether NES The Legend of Zelda is an adventure game or RPG (or something like that).
Nov 24, 2023 18:37:27 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: Happy 6th anniversary to my favorite RPG, Xenoblade Chronicles 2!
Nov 30, 2023 20:54:33 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: The Super Mario Bros. Wonder speedruns don't feel much like Mario speedruns. Any% takes more than 80 minutes, and features slow Wonder Seed segments and a lot of loading time. They're rather boring to watch compared to even the New SMB games.
Dec 2, 2023 6:08:10 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I've got a lot of Nintendo Switch demos that I haven't got to play. At this rate I'll never clear my backlog even if I don't buy anything.
Dec 2, 2023 10:36:45 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I've finally finished Ciel nosurge DX. Its end is directly connected to the beginning of Ion's part in Ar nosurge DX, which means I'll have to play through that to experience the whole story.
Dec 2, 2023 12:45:14 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Going through everything takes more time than finishing an entire quadrilogy in the Atelier series. I think it'll be another few months before I even touch another game.
Dec 2, 2023 12:46:32 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Also, this is of no use to most people reading this, but Surge Concerto confusingly has save data bonus that goes both ways. To experience the story in chronological order, do Sekai Link in Ar nosurge DX as soon as possible, then play Ciel nosurge DX.
Dec 2, 2023 13:05:55 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Any advice you find online about needing to advance Ar nosurge's story to a certain point does not apply to the DX version. Just make the save data and leave it behind to avoid Ciel nosurge spoilers and not understanding Ar nosurge's story.
Dec 2, 2023 13:07:17 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: (By the way, the PS3 and PS Vita versions of Ar nosurge is available in English, but not Ciel nosurge. The DX version is entirely Japan-only. I have much to complain when it comes to localisation for both Gust and the whole of KOEI TECMO GAMES.)
Dec 2, 2023 13:12:43 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: Been a bit busy recently and haven't had a chance to respond to things until now.
Dec 7, 2023 10:50:24 GMT -5