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At Chaos Shrine in FF1.
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Beat FF1. Put down savestates just in case, but I ended up never needing to use them. This happens all the time.

Anyway playing this in Japanese was pretty neat. My lack of skills added a bit of challenge in the "not being able to instantly retain the info on say status screens and whatnot from a mere cursory look due to inexperience in the language" department. Truly, the "5 year old playing video games in English or Japanese despite that not being their mother tongue or having any decent skills in it" experience most of us had.

It was fun. To see that such an early localization (the NES version) managed to retain so much of the original Japanese version (censored as necessary) is marvelous to say the least. They even retained the flavor text for the fountains and Cornelia's well, when they really didn't need to. Worthy of applause.

Arylon's name is an odd addition, though. That always stuck out to me for some reason haha
I also learned about the Beholder dilemma by playing this. Truly fascinating.

All in all, weretigers are cute and my boyfriends.
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I beat Final Fantasy Adventure.
It was a very fun experience, and a bit longer than I expected.

I also started a randomized version of Pokemon Black.
I don't regret choosing random for the Starter because now I just casually start with a Rayquaza.
Something goes here sometime.
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Resuming Arc el Muchacho. Tosh is my wife

BurntTenda wrote: 1 year ago I beat Final Fantasy Adventure.
It was a very fun experience, and a bit longer than I expected.

I also started a randomized version of Pokemon Black.
I don't regret choosing random for the Starter because now I just casually start with a Rayquaza.
Niiice

FFA is good, I started Sword of Mana at a whim the past week and it's pretty fun for a game everyone rags on.
The AI honestly doesnt seem that much worse than most Mana games. Lots of text though!
Fun fact, we will be hearing an arrange from Sword of Mana in VIP5 later! Not spoiling it for those who haven't watched or played it before, it's a bit of VIP5 I love.

I might replay FFA sometime. It's a very good almost Zelda-ish ARPG. Basically sorta ARPG lite but not that lite. Just as detailed as they could make it on a handheld from like 89. Wish Adventures of Mana was on PC. I'd totally get my hands on it somehow wink wink nudge nudge
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Any of y'alls got a Switch but not got Cadence of Hyrule, you should
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I feel like a fraud if I buy Cadence of Hyrule when I've put off playing Necrodancer for so long since it kinda sends the message "I won't play your cool unique game unless it has sprites of things I'm familiar with"
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I mean I kinda get where you're coming from but at the same time it's like. No-one's monitoring your purchasing habits so they can judge you for them. Also I feel like multiple people have said CoH is a good... learning tool?... for CotND, so you could always just play it afterwards.
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After 4 years of on and off playing and an outright restart, I have finally finished Trails in the Sky First Chapter. Interesting revelation at the very end, and (Actual FC spoilers)
while I didn't catch onto Alba being suspicious, I feel the game explained things pretty well. I just kind of thought that he was a recurring comic relief but ha-ha. Never would have guessed he is a member of Ouroboros though I guess you at most you'd maybe guess that there is something up with how he happens to be everywhere you are. I like reading more info about Ouroboros because (while it has been a while since I played Cold Steel) there are rather mysterious. I am interested to see how this ends (and then leads into the Crossbell arc).
Unfortunately, I don't own Sky the Third but I do have to play SC before I get to that one :P .
Oh also, in the SMT1 replay I left Kongokai/Diamond Realm and ventured into apocalypse Tokyo. And I beat Knights of the Old Republic 2 again. Ahhh, I really like Kotor1 and 2. Shame there will probably never be a Kotor3 that can live up to those two.
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Because of Pink's streams, I'm giving Secret of Mana another go. Pretty sure I already made it back to where I was when I stopped a few years back in the Upper Land area way back when. Basically trying to speed through the game this time.
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Played through The Expression Amrilato's good ending. It's a pretty interesting premise. A girl ends up stumbling into a parallel world and the story is mostly focused around her learning to communicate with the people of that world. There are a handful of issues though. For example early on you earn a dictionary. But it's only accessible from the main menu until you beat the game. This is completely pointless because when you beat the game you also get an option to have Juliamo (Esperanto language with a custom set of characters) text automatically get translated. I ended up just taking a bunch of notes throughout the game and basically making my own dictionary. Ended up 1100 lines of text, lol. Despite those issues though, the story is pretty interesting.
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Bean wrote: 1 year ago Because of Pink's streams, I'm giving Secret of Mana another go. Pretty sure I already made it back to where I was when I stopped a few years back in the Upper Land area way back when. Basically trying to speed through the game this time.
Secret of Mana kind of falls apart for me when the boss strategy just devolves into

"use magic forever"

for every boss.

I hope you're enjoying it. If you liked it (or you didn't in my case), do check out Trials of Mana (even the old Neill Corlett translation) and Secret of Evermore, they take Secret of Mana's formula and improve upon it tenfold.
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Been playing FFXIV: Shadowbringers. I am really enjoying this expansion so far for so many reasons. Everything about it feels top notch, from the characters, to the story, to the soundtrack, to changes to my favorite classes (Like Machinist). I am pretty far along in the story and I might not be too far from the home stretch. Hoping the game continues to stay great, because this might beat out Heavensward as my favorite expansion of the game.
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Arrietty wrote: 1 year ago Been playing FFXIV: Shadowbringers. I am really enjoying this expansion so far for so many reasons. Everything about it feels top notch, from the characters, to the story, to the soundtrack, to changes to my favorite classes (Like Machinist). I am pretty far along in the story and I might not be too far from the home stretch. Hoping the game continues to stay great, because this might beat out Heavensward as my favorite expansion of the game.
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KobaBeach wrote: 1 year ago
Arrietty wrote: 1 year ago Been playing FFXIV: Shadowbringers. I am really enjoying this expansion so far for so many reasons. Everything about it feels top notch, from the characters, to the story, to the soundtrack, to changes to my favorite classes (Like Machinist). I am pretty far along in the story and I might not be too far from the home stretch. Hoping the game continues to stay great, because this might beat out Heavensward as my favorite expansion of the game.
oh hi arrietty
oh small world hahahaha hey!

Also, started Dragon Quest Builders 2. Can't wait to unlock the multiplayer so me and my friends can play together! So far, I'm in the tutorial part of the game and it's a bit long. The game definitely feels like an improvement over the first game despite the pacing feeling a little worse so far. I LOVE that we have sprinting now and the performances on the Switch version is much better than the first game considering it's locked to 30fps with few drops. (The first game was uncapped to 60fps but drops so frequently and sometimes dips far below 30fps. So the frame pacing was pretty jarring)
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I still don't enjoy Secret of Mana.
Something about it just doesn't mesh well with me.
Something goes here sometime.
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I think it's the combination of the iffy combat system and cut content for time bringing about constant backtracking. With the battle system, some enemies can be chained when you hit them, others will be invincible. There's never really any rhyme or reason behind it. I got through it over the weekend, and my thoughts are that of the two Square games that had content cut for time that I've played this summer, I'm stunned that Final Fantasy XV wound up being the genuinely fun one while Secret of Mana just happened.

And in the end, I managed to accidentally soft lock the game after delivering the last hit on the final boss by going into the menu to cast magic on the main dude again. My dudes were just stuck moving on the now silent battlefield. Had to go watch the ending on YT as a result.
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The main problem I had with Secret of Mana was the combat system. I'm so used to other games (like even Sword of Mana, which got it *way* better) where you can easily chain/combo attacks. Secret of Mana is, for me, hit something if you're lucky, run away, charge up, and repeat, ad-infinitum.
Shame the combat system sucks so much outside of magic, since it's a beautiful game and the soundtrack is amazing
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I didn't even like the magic system since it would always hit no matter what as long as the characters or enemies were in range. Most boss fights later in the game came down to spamming spells just to quickly rack up the damage. Yeah, it just did nothing for me, and that's a shame. Game seemed like it should've been better than what it was.

Anyway, doing some co-op level runs with a friend in Super Mario Maker 2. Not recording them or anything as of yet, but going through and playing his stages is kind of funny since some pipe transitions will kill the player who pops out first unless they spin as the drops are larger than the camera can handle. These levels were built for one. Ha-ha.
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Awoo wrote: The main problem I had with Secret of Mana was the combat system. I'm so used to other games (like even Sword of Mana, which got it *way* better) where you can easily chain/combo attacks. Secret of Mana is, for me, hit something if you're lucky, run away, charge up, and repeat, ad-infinitum.
Shame the combat system sucks so much outside of magic, since it's a beautiful game and the soundtrack is amazing
Bean wrote: I didn't even like the magic system since it would always hit no matter what as long as the characters or enemies were in range. Most boss fights later in the game came down to spamming spells just to quickly rack up the damage. Yeah, it just did nothing for me, and that's a shame. Game seemed like it should've been better than what it was.
Add me to the "can't get into Secret of Mana" party line like
This is exactly why I consider it the worst of the pre-World of Mana games lol

I'm sorry to people who enjoy this game a lot just... Secret of Evermore and Trials of Mana did it far better, I feel.

It kinda says something that Legend of Mana is kind of the same as Awoo described, but because of its more simplified, stable combat system, it rose to the top of my favorite games list.
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I liked Secret of Mana, but since I had played Trials of Mana beforehand (which in hindsight I probably shouldn't have done) I really struggled with Secret of Mana's worse menus and it took me until the very end of the game to really get used to it. Though I did like how your characters could equip any weapon type in the game.
Also, unrelated to the combat but the Mana fortress was so stressful since there isn't a single save point and because I was playing on a SNES when I played it I couldn't savestate. Luckily I beat it on my first try but there were a few close calls.

Speaking of Secret of Evermore, I tried it once on my phone way back when but I should probably give it an honest try since haha trying to play a snes action game on a phone.
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HatKid wrote: 1 year ago I liked Secret of Mana, but since I had played Trials of Mana beforehand (which in hindsight I probably shouldn't have done) I really struggled with Secret of Mana's worse menus and it took me until the very end of the game to really get used to it. Though I did like how your characters could equip any weapon type in the game.
Also, unrelated to the combat but the Mana fortress was so stressful since there isn't a single save point and because I was playing on a SNES when I played it I couldn't savestate. Luckily I beat it on my first try but there were a few close calls.

Speaking of Secret of Evermore, I tried it once on my phone way back when but I should probably give it an honest try since haha trying to play a snes action game on a phone.
Secret of Evermore is awesome! It can be tricky to get some things without a walkthrough, but it's definitely an experience and worth playing through blind at least once.
If you're looking for a game with some seriously great atmosphere and sound design, look no further. The characters are all interesting and memorable, the story is neat if a little convoluted, and it can be a bit rough during the first few parts, but, man, that game is great.

It might even fit a raocow LP honestly
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Thanks for the recommendation! :D
Finished off Steins;Gate Elite. I think it's an alright version of S;G but I much prefer the original VN. I like the original's art style plus the gimmick of phone triggers basically isn't a thing in Elite. I get it, it would be hard to implement a system where you can just pull out your phone at any time with the anime scenes being a thing. A big reason I got S;GE was for Linear Bounded Phenogram tbh. I can't wait for Robotics;Notes Elite to get released in English next year. Should be great. and also Chaos;Head Noah getting localized at some point but supposedly there's licensing issues with the game's engine or something??? Idk
I went back to Persona 2: Tsumi after a while of doing other things. Progress has been slow since the game's in Japanese and I only know some katakana but I have been using resources to help me navigate menus and I'm not bothering with dialogue because I've played Innocent Sin before just not on PS1. Plus because I'm playing on a PS2 some of the game's menus lag a lot for some reason when they don't on a PS1.
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BobisOnlyBob wrote: 1 year ago Sekiro! Expect to hear more from me on this game in the next few weeks to a month!
Baba is You! Finally, finally done with this. Well, I beat the final final stage. I can't say much about this more than I did last time, but it bent my brain into pieces. Recommended.

Sekiro! "...in the next few weeks to a month!" well, I technically beat it on the 14th. It was very, very, very satisfying, and the final boss

of the normal route

, The

Sword Saint

is perhaps both the best and worst boss From Software has ever made. I had to dedicate a few solid multi-hour sessions to learning how to defeat them. Physically exhausting, left me shaking.

Sokobond! Needing a palate cleanser after Baba, I decided to push some molecules around. It's pretty good, but fairly short and straightforward. Nice sokoban rules that don't appear in Baba though, kinda like very complicated "pull" rules and clever use of intersections to bind/separate atoms, a lot like SpaceChem. Didn't do the extra puzzles, feel like I need to shift onto something wildly away from puzzles for a bit.
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Finished two replays of Arc the Lad after a series of failed ones and burnouts. First off I did a normal playthrough where I got everyone beyond Lv40, then a second faster playthrough where I focused on only leveling up Arc (making him hit the max by default). Overall, had fun.

I tried doing a playthrough where I played in Japanese and translated the game as I went first off (originally out of concern that Working Designs pulled a Lunar, but after realizing they toned down their bullshit, I just went for the learning experience) but that wound up being too much for me. Still need some mental prep time first.

It's a very simple game. It's obvious that they were pressed for time, this being the 2nd RPG released on the PlayStation after King's Field.

If Arc II is any indication, their ambitions and ideas soared, so they had less time to work on the rest of the game. The game basically ends as the story starts to truly develop. It's mostly just prologue to set the plot, followed by a "collect the five elemental mcguffins" arc, then it ends after the plot twist is revealed. It can also be cleared in about 7 to 10 hours (15 for me due to grinding). Difficulty balancing is also off, the game non-verbally kind of encourages grinding with its simplistic experience charts (like for one level it's 1900, to the next it's 1950, then 2000 and so on) and slight difficulty spikes.

Story is not out of this world, but it's a very decent "humanity is ruining nature with its avarice" type plot with a bunch of likeable characters (Chongara does lean towards racist greedy merchant stereotype though so). Translation is also surprisingly well made despite Working Designs' somewhat amateurish writing. Some minor details were wrong but outside of that, from what I can tell, it's pretty solid, "Woolseyisms" aren't out of place, lines feel natural. They just feel like they break character a bit at times, like Chongara speaking in broken English (oof) or Kukuru sounding like an airhead at times (just makes her that much closer to Knuckles). They did tone down Tosh's animosity towards everyone so that's a plus, at least.

Sprite art is superb, really showed what the PS1 could do. Nothing Rayman or, heaven forbid, Sega Saturn level, but it's a noble effort. The 3D CG cutscenes just look awful nowadays. Cool train though, I love the trains in Arc 1&2, they're like mobile fortresses of steel, they're so cool.

Looking at it with the knowledge of what Arc II turned out to be, it stacks up pretty decently. It's jank and pretty meh due to being a first year PS1 game, but it's far from a bad SRPG. A pretty B rank one though. Arc II stacks up far better compared to say Fire Emblem, FF Tactics, Disgaea or Shining Force in terms of gameplay and story.

Apparently the same people who did this also did Front Mission which is wack, though I think the Front Mission team was absorbed into Square-Enix so they could still make the later FM games, and the Arc team was turned into Arc Entertainment and possibly absorbed into Sony Interactive Entertainment. Possibly turned into ForwardWorks, since they worked on Arc the Lad R (the SRPG gacha spinoff) but I have no idea. Some of them may have made it into Cattle Call (folks that helped with Opoona, the later Metal Max games, Legend of Legacy and Alliance Alive) since they worked on the PS2 games, Twilight of the Spirits and End of Darkness.

I never really tried sleuthing where devs ended up so don't take this as gospel.
I might as well continue Shining Force now. ⊂二二二( ^ω^)二⊃

Also I really like Arc the Lad because it has a funny name.
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I finally got to the Royal Orders quests in Dragon's Dogma, starting out with beating the Griffin.
I really liked having to fight my way toward the tower the Griffin fled to, and then having to get to the top while under attack.
At some point, two of my pawns had died without me realizing, but thankfully the one that I happened to give extra Blast Arrows to survived so I could use those to burn the Griffin's wings.
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