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Re: Whatcha play'n?

Postby SidneyF » Wed May 17, 2017 9:43 pm

Anyone here playing Rocket League?
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Re: Whatcha play'n?

Postby Tehwilburforce » Wed Jun 21, 2017 7:16 pm

Hey Sidney. I don't have Rocket League, but I definitely wanna get it once it comes out on Nintendo Switch. I'm super hype!!!
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Re: Whatcha play'n?

Postby Adol The Red » Thu Jun 29, 2017 3:40 pm

I do like Rocket League, though I'm not very good and only play on and off. Gotta stop watching Cosmic Aftershock videos and then playing - it only leads to inevitable frustration.

Played Nier Automata after debating for a while, and ended up loving it. Only two main endings to go, and it got me in the mood to go back and play the original again. I mean, I know most of the spoilers, but it still would be cool to experience it.

This seems to be my pattern lately. I played Tales of Berseria without realizing it was a prequel to Tales of Zestiria. Figured it out fairly quickly and of course spoiled some things for Zesteria, but again, I don't mind. It's kind of interesting to see the story that way, to be honest. Of course, I still have yet to finish Zesteria, but I did beat Berseria, which I also found to be a lot of fun.
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Re: Whatcha play'n?

Postby Adol The Red » Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:38 pm

Ys VIII. I mean, it should be obvious, right? I'm playing Ys VIII. The thing is, of the three Ys releases that have multiple party members instead of just Adol, I haven't finished a single one of them. That's not to say they're bad games, I certainly want to play them, but I get caught up in leveling everyone's attacks and then get sick of the grind. So this time I said screw that, and have played most of the game as Adol even when other characters might be better against certain types of enemies. Usually, you can rely on those characters to apply a quick guard break and have at the monster anyway, so its no big deal. Only recently have I been switching to other characters, and that's because all of Adol's skills are maxed, so why not? It helps that each skill only goes up to level three this time around. I can't remember what the cap is for the other two (Ys VII, Memories of Celceta[IV]), but I'm sure it was higher. I will go back to them eventually. But for now, its all Ys VIII.

Honestly, I find this game fantastic. I love the characters, and the resolution and understanding for the one party member that got on my nerves was well done. I'm a good way through the game, between half and three quarters, and I still have no idea who the final enemy will be because this is a survival story and not some great fight against an evil. At least not yet. But that's one reason I love Ys. Adol's family is alive, and he's not dark and troubled. His father was an adventurer, and his thirst for adventure is even greater. So he hears rumors, finds out about places where interesting things might be happening, goes there, and ends up saving the day from something eventually. As a side note, nearly every boss is a giant monster of some sort, and over these games Adol has almost singlehandedly destroyed an apocalyptic army's worth of giant monsters. But he's excited, and wants to learn about the lore and history of his world, and many other things that may be my own conjecture because Adol is more or less whatever you want him to be.

So there will be some big enemy, but what has happened so far has kept me more than interested. There have been a few storylines I did not see coming, and the game always has something to throw at you in order to keep it from feeling like a grind. I'm slowly mapping the island, but then our survivor's village might get attacked (we survived a ship wreck. Adol was on board, so of course the ship sank). These things are introduced gradually, and for the first time ever, I don't hate fishing in an RPG. Okay, I didn't hate the fishing in Mana Khemia, but I only did it when I absolutely had to. All they did was give you ingredient items along with the fish, and make the interface simple while still allowing for the occasional challenging fish battle. Since you're on a deserted island there's no money - the economy is all crafting and ingredient based, so getting ingredients from fishing is great. And I never felt like I had to work all that hard to get the next batch of necessary ingredients to enhance my equipment.

And... I have gone on for way too long. Look, I love Ys. Its my favorite RPG series so I'm biased, but if you like exploration and action RPGs, then I would suggest checking this one out. My only complaint applies to all the Multi-member party Ys games, and simply put, the bosses aren't quite what I expect from an Ys game. I do understand. When you're Adol by yourself, with very limited options, then a challenging boss fight can be molded to that skill set. And challenging boss fights are a staple of Ys. I don't even play games for challenge, but I love the bosses in Ys. The problem with the multi-member party games is that its a boss designed to fight three people, so its more difficult for the designers to make them truly challenging in the same way a one on one fight can be. Its not a huge complaint. There have been a ton of bosses which at least do interesting things, and I have even fought a few that gave me that Ys boss vibe, but when you can item spam your way through them instead of relying on that one item you can bring to the boss fights in days of old, it does steal some of the draw.

Not, however, enough to make me dislike this game. It's really only a minor complaint, and I'm sure the final bosses will be on a different level. Either way, I love this game and I'm not stopping any time soon.
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Re: Whatcha play'n?

Postby Pie » Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:06 pm

That's great Adol! XD I'm happy to hear that you're enjoying Ys VIII. =) I heard some music earlier this week while I was working and got interested/curious. I've known some old Ys games as having some really awesome audio tracks and I've known about the series for a long time, though.. I've only played a few hours of Ys: The Ark of Napishtim. I was curious, the story is continuous thoughout all the Ys games, right? Sucks to feel that I'll miss out on a ton of important plot points I jumped into one that's mid-series. '_' -though I guess even if it did great as a stand alone game, I'd miss out on the feeling of it being an epic. =x
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Re: Whatcha play'n?

Postby Adol The Red » Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:02 am

Well, each game has it's own story, but they're all in the same world and all surround Adol. Essentially, Adol is an adventurer who gets caught up in the goings on wherever he goes. Honestly, you could play them in any order since the games aren't even chronological. Ys I and II are essentially the first and second halves game and come packaged together (I suggest the PSP Ys I & II chronicles), and they are the first. The next game in the timeline is actually Ys: Memories of Celeceta, the remake of Ys 4 (there have been a couple of versions of Ys 4, but so far as I know this is now the official one). Then comes Ys: The Oath in Felghana, the remake of Ys 3, which is one of the best and most difficult action RPGs I've ever played. Timeline wise, Ys 5 would be next, but there has yet to be a western port of it. The game was received poorly, only saved by its story, and nearly killed the franchise. Hopefully they'll bring it over, since its the last one that needs to be ported. Ys 8 comes directly after 5, and sometime after that is Ys: The ark of Nipishtim, which is the sixth game in the series (and also a lot of fun). Ys 7 takes place six months after Ys 6 and is the latest in the timeline.

Essentially, Adol went on over a hundred adventures during is life, and these games are the chronicles of his individual adventures. What you do get through each game, and its very subtle, is the backstory about an ancient land called Atlas (i.e. Antlantis) where humans and other races once lived. They spread across an alternate universe Europe (and Afroca where sits Altago, this universe's version of Carthage), and there are lots of hints about the nature of the ancient Eldeen race. It's fun to put it all together, and in fact, The Ark of Nipishtim has a huge clue. But all of this is in the background, and if I understand it correctly, learning about these things is Adol's primary goal. Of course, Adol is open enough that he can be whatever you want him to be.

Most of the games are solo quests, with 7, Memories, and 8 introducing a three person party mechanic with multiple members. Ys I & II have a rather unique control style where you run into the enemy to damage them (I believe you hit off center in I and diagonally in II, but I'm not 100%), and Ys II also has a magic element. Also, Ys II is one of my all time favorite games, so much so that I bothered to play it on hard mode. The later games (the remakes of course, I have never played an original) are 3D and tend to have more traditional sword attacks with some kind of special feature, along with either a jump or a roll. Ys 8 answered my prayers, giving me a jump and a roll (I prefer the jump).

All in all, I love this series, and though I do tend toward the solo adventures, the rest are still really good. I highly recommend at least giving them a shot. Just one thing, and I'm going to try and avoid spoilers. If you play Oath in Felghana, keep a save outside the Illburns ruins, just in case.

Oh, I almost forgot, there is also Ys Origin, which is set 700 years before the series and deals with the backstory of the first two games. I would play the first two at lest before tackling this one, just to understand everything. Suffice it to say, there is no Adol in Origin.
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Re: Whatcha play'n?

Postby KainRogers » Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:39 pm

Was playing the Monster Hunter Worlds beta from the 9th-12th and i gotta say it's something spectacular. Well worth the money for any returning or new players. Pre-ordered it as soon as i beat all 3 beta quests. now i gotta wait until the 26th to play all of it in it's glory on the ps4. if you don't own a ps4 it's coming to xboxone as well and will be out on pc at a later date.

Aside from that, a friend got me into warframe recently, super grindy so i don't spend too much time on it but really fun and free to play.

Then there was some excitement over the new winter wonderland event for overwatch this year, but after playing the new game mode and seeing all that there was to unlock there was some severe disappointment. A true testament to Blizzard's or rather Activision-Blizzards effort and care about thier games. maybe im being too harsh, or maybe i expected more, but it feels like they lack imagination.

so what am i playing now? at this moment? nothing, i eagerly await monster hunter worlds, i intend to play some warframe later today and maybe if it goes on sale again for the steam winter sale i can buy torchlight 2 for my lady and maybe finally do a solid playthrough of it.
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