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Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 01 Aug 2020, 15:33
by yoshicookiezeus
Rabi-Ribi 0% main game clear. The difficulty is really starting to get up there now; fighting level ~16 bosses with no upgrades means I die in five or so hits and they take forever to kill, and even on the lowest difficulty the final boss gauntlet has quite a few attacks that are genuinely tricky to dodge. Special shoutouts to Miru for taking away Ribbon for her battle, forcing me to fight her exclusively with the bunny amulet.

At least there’s a window now where I can stock up on health consumables in the store without getting a permanent upgrade forced on me. I get the feeling I’m going to need them for the postgame.

Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 01 Aug 2020, 19:19
by KobaBeach
what up jose

I'm at Cosmo Canyon in Final Fantasy VII, got Yuffie at Gongaga at pure random (I was thinking of leaving her for Rocket Town since it was taking forever to get her but whoops I got her just as I was about to enter Gongaga) and I got 10 Enemy Skills with the first two Enemy Skill materia. Beta was funny because only one of them got it and the other just missed it twice (first time because Cloud got yeeted, second time because ???). Also managed to get pretty much all of the in-map materia. Titan is really dumb because you don't get any notice of it other than Scarlet looked at its spot during a scene. Thinking of doing Final Fantasy VIII and IX too but not at the same time.

Also beat Dragon Quest again. Used a walkthrough for a bit just to know when I could get Healmore and the distance of the Token of Erdrick from Castle Tantegel because lazy. Also got the Fairy Flute non-blind, which is like something I like to save for after I talk to the person that tells you about it because I'm stupid in that way, but again, I wanted to just do a casual playthrough.

Edit: Just started an Emelia file in SaGa Frontier. Currently out of Shingrow but I'm thinking of getting some more party members and magic before heading to Baccarat to move on with the story, visiting some side locations for extra cash and such...

Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 01 Aug 2020, 23:44
by NastCF
Started up Chrono Trigger a few days ago. My husband who's a huge RPG nerd recommended it to me as a way to dip my toes into the genre. I've just learned about Lavos and will be traveling to the Proto Dome next.

I like it! The active time battle system is pretty fun, especially with the way that the positioning of the enemies plays a role in making the most out of your attacks. The story's quirky and charming, and as early on as I am, is very often taking me by surprise, which is great too. Lookin forward to playing more.

Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 02 Aug 2020, 16:14
by Bean
thatguyif wrote: Yeah, in the original, you didn't get your first class change until much deeper in the game (and the same with the second class change). I think they changed it up because they figured it took too long to get into such class changes, plus it's much easier to switch between classes if you're not feeling one or the other.
Yeah, it's got a lot of minor gameplay issues both in and outside of combat. I'm having fun with it, but I'm glad this game also got a remake released this year because it fixed up a lot of the SNES original's issues. Getting close to the end now that I'm on the final class for everyone.

Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 02 Aug 2020, 17:21
by yoshicookiezeus
So turns out the Miriam fight is kind of hilarious on a 0% run. The way it normally works is that as the shopkeeper, Miriam has access to all of your equipment, and uses attacks based on all the stuff you’ve collected throughout the game so far; it’s a pretty difficult battle if you’ve been diligent about your upgrade gathering. However, when you haven’t actually collected anything, that kind of breaks down; the vast majority of her attack rotation consisted of pulling out an item, seemingly going “wait, I can’t use this, the player doesn’t have it”, and putting it away again. The fight still isn’t entirely trivial, since you still have the bunny amulet in 0% and she has an attack based on that, but it was still a nice breather after the nightmare that was the Hall of Memories.

Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 02 Aug 2020, 23:11
by HatKid
Just finished Final Fantasy II USA. It's okay, FF4 isn't a favorite of mine mostly because of it's story. It's really annoying how

there are very little consequences of anything. Like, every playable character that "dies" just gets resurrected/didn't actually die in the first place. The only exception is Tellah I think. Though, some non-playable characters do actually die or go away forever

. Outside of that, it's a fairly standard game. I may replay it someday, but it'd be pretty low on the potential replay list.

And with that, I plan to play SMT 3: Nocturne. I had started a playthrough of it when I got the game a few years ago but I didn't play for all that long. We'll see if I'll beat it this time around!

Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 02 Aug 2020, 23:35
by KobaBeach
NastCF wrote: Started up Chrono Trigger a few days ago. My husband who's a huge RPG nerd recommended it to me as a way to dip my toes into the genre.
Chrono Trigger is probably the ideal beginner's RPG. I'm glad you chose it and I'm glad you're having fun.

Anyway I've gone through a few side-excursions in SaGa Frontier. Went through Sei's Tomb in Shrike, got the Murakumo, Magatama and Mizukagami (didn't deposit them to recruit Sei though), recruited Roufas, Mei-Ling, Lute and Rouge (but didn't really use the last three), then went through the Luminous Labyrinth for the gift of Light Magic, got some money from it too, went through Tanzer (which is a bit random in whether it shows up or not, you need at least one rune and the rune stones) (EDIT: and recruited Fei-On), had a surprising amount of non-difficulty with the slimes due to having GaleSlash and other pretty good Waza, got the Vitality Rune, then travelled through the other backstreets of Koorong to get some more money and go through the Natural Cave next to PzkwV's shop. The Quakeworm was a real pain, had to use quite a few Cures and PowerCures, but I managed and got the Hide Rune!! Mu's Tomb is next, for the Victory Rune.

Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 03 Aug 2020, 14:41
by yoshicookiezeus
And there we go, Rabi-Ribi 0% run complete. The rest of the postgame turned out to be much easier than I expected: the bosses in the boss rush did basically no damage, had very little health, and healed you to full after each fight; Rumi had an Instant Death debuff on her for all except the last of her health bars, making the battle go by really quickly; and the platforming areas had lots of springboards and Ribbon shortcuts added to make up for my lack of mobility options. Irisu was still pretty difficult, but not much more so than in a normal run, especially since for once I actually had access to an inventory full of healing consumables.

As far as I can tell, there isn’t any way to get to the start of the first DLC chapter with no mobility upgrades collected, so I think this is it for now. I’ll probably go back and try doing normal runs on the harder difficulties at some point, but I think that will have to wait until some other time.

Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 03 Aug 2020, 15:51
by Bean
I'm on the final dungeon now in Trials of Mana (SNES), but I went back to farm for some equipment seed off of some enemies in an easy to access location. The extra attack and defense should help, but it's also letting me level up Riesz a bit. One more level, and she'll have her silence spell, and that is arguably one of the most important ones in the whole game since skills and magic flat-out destroy your party whenever the AI decides it's time to use them.

Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 03 Aug 2020, 15:54
by KobaBeach
Bean wrote: I'm on the final dungeon now in Trials of Mana (SNES)
Oh, which one? Good luck in levelling up Riesz, magic in the SNES Manas is a pain and a half.

Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 03 Aug 2020, 16:19
by Bean
KobaBeach wrote: Oh, which one? Good luck in levelling up Riesz, magic in the SNES Manas is a pain and a half.
Dark Castle since Riesz is the lead. Using the same Riesz/Hawkeye/Duran team I did in the remake just to compare the games. Long story short, I like the remake a good deal more, but this SNES one's still fun outside of a few glaring flaws.

Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 03 Aug 2020, 16:29
by KobaBeach
Bean wrote: Dark Castle since Riesz is the lead. Using the same Riesz/Hawkeye/Duran team I did in the remake just to compare the games. Long story short, I like the remake a good deal more, but this SNES one's still fun outside of a few glaring flaws.
Nice. Mine was Mirage Palace in the SNES run, but it'll be Dark Castle in the PC run due to Riesz being in the lead. Glad you're having fun :3

Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 03 Aug 2020, 18:52
by Cyril
KobaBeach wrote: can someone explain to me how people are like being able to play so many games in 2020 in the games beat in 2020 thread
the heck else am i supposed to do with this extra free time in quarantine

(i do a lot else actually but i love video games)

anyways started monster boy and the cursed kingdom. so far it's a metroidvania

Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 03 Aug 2020, 19:20
by Bean
As for the games beaten thing, it's a combo of quarantine due to being high risk thanks to a bout of a season-long bronchitis I had last year and not having any work with my voice acting hobby since around that time, too. Besides, most of the games I beat in July were under ten hours thanks to being close to the end on some or just doing retro or retro-inspired stuff. I think Gunvolt 2 was the longest at just under fifteen hours. Trials just hit fifteen today, so it's the longest one I've played since June.

Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 03 Aug 2020, 20:42
by KobaBeach
Cyril wrote: the heck else am i supposed to do with this extra free time in quarantine

(i do a lot else actually but i love video games)
Bean wrote: As for the games beaten thing, it's a combo of quarantine due to being high risk thanks to a bout of a season-long bronchitis I had last year and not having any work with my voice acting hobby since around that time, too.
Y'know what fair

I just play a lot of really long games like RPGs and such. I just like a good story and a nice menu simulator that doesn't challenge my motor skills too much, alternately a nice little ARPG will do just fine. I don't usually play many platformers and when I do they tend to be on the harder side of things so they take me a while to finish, or in the case of 3D Mario, tend to be quite long.

Anyway I beat Emelia's story in SaGa Frontier. Finished the Rune quest, did the gold ingot trick to stock up on gear and items, did the Arcane quest, went through Baccarat and Trinity Base (twice the latter) and then did the final quest at Yorkland. Diva was really tough despite the preparation, but it felt very rewarding to beat. Also grinded a bit for waza in the Bio Research Lab. I'll do another story later on in the future.

Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 03 Aug 2020, 20:58
by Cyril
yeah i don't play many long games but then on the flipside i read umineko this year which is ridiculously sized so
the kind of games i most prefer don't trend towards super long playtimes

Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 03 Aug 2020, 21:47
by KobaBeach
Cyril wrote: yeah i don't play many long games but then on the flipside i read umineko this year which is ridiculously sized so
the kind of games i most prefer don't trend towards super long playtimes
I guess I'm also a bit jealous because there was a point in time in like 2015 where I beat like 60 games (my talkhaus list is incomplete but I have a full list in Google Drive) and I'm like. I could do better. At beating video games. lol

I'm so insecure sometimes with like everything and it's such a pain.

Looking at it I've beat like 14 RPGs in 2015, but apart from SaGa Frontier and Final Fantasy IX, they were mostly pretty shortish and everything else was shorter games. I guess I just don't have that much interest for shorter games these days.

Also wow I beat Lufia 2 before Lufia 1 lol
I remember Lufia 1 kind of bored me so I just skipped ahead lol

Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 04 Aug 2020, 14:46
by thatguyif
Lufia 2 DOES take place before Lufia 1, sooo

Also, how was Clockwork Knight

Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 04 Aug 2020, 16:09
by KobaBeach
thatguyif wrote: Also, how was Clockwork Knight
It was honestly pretty average. Not bad, not the best. Just adequate. I remember I had a lot of trouble on the paper doll boss (boss 3 I believe?) of all things. The TV screen final boss reminded me a lot of the bara Cho Aniki Toad from Brutal Mario in terms of strategy. Makes me wonder if carol played this game or not haha.

Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 04 Aug 2020, 18:52
by Kleetus
Beat Sonic Unleashed (Wii) yesterday. I was thinking that maybe I would go back and try to S rank every level, but then I got to Eggmanland and thought "How about I don't S rank every level." I completely forgot that after you complete a daytime stage you have to do several bonus challenges, it's like my mind just removed that from my memory. One of the bonus challenges for the final daytime level is literally; just do the level again but don't fuck up. The later zones in general end up having way to many nighttime stages.
The game suffers from the problem, you have to be good in order to get a bonus that makes the game easier.
You start every level with a fixed amount of lives (default two) and there are no one ups. You can increase the amount of lives you start a level with by completing gate puzzles. You unlock gate puzzles by collecting emblems, which you earn by getting good ranks on level. The problem becomes if you're good enough at the game to get emblems, you're good enough to not need extra lives (until maybe the really late game).

Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 04 Aug 2020, 22:28
by KobaBeach
Made it to Nibelheim in Final Fantasy VII. The Cave of the Gi segment is touching as always. I always get goosebumps at the scene where

Red discovers his father's fate

. Red is honestly one of my favorite characters so.

Also played a bit of Pokémon Red. Doing a casual run with a Charmander, it's a Charmeleon rn, plus a Pidgey and a Paras that I might grind to level 20 tomorrow to prepare for Misty. Pokémon playthroughs with me are very rote so I might consider doing some Nuzlockes in the future.

Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 05 Aug 2020, 04:02
by GenesisJames
Kleetus wrote: Beat Sonic Unleashed (Wii) yesterday. I was thinking that maybe I would go back and try to S rank every level, but then I got to Eggmanland and thought "How about I don't S rank every level."
And that's not even mentioning how the Wii version is the GOOD version of Eggmanland lmao

Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 05 Aug 2020, 15:15
by NastCF
I played Popeye 2 on the Game Boy

Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 05 Aug 2020, 15:20
by thatguyif
How was it

Re: What games are you playing?

Posted: 05 Aug 2020, 15:48
by NastCF
It was a Game Boy game featuring Popeye