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What are you currently playing?

Discussion in 'Video Games' started by Riot, Sep 14, 2017.

  1. Use the Falchion

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    I'm currently, slowly working my way through my latest Blue Lions/Azure Moon playthrough on Fire Emblem: Three Houses. It's kind of disappointing this time around though, and I'm really tempted to just start a new playthrough to be with my lovely Golden Deers (and romance either Shamir or Marianne).

    You see, every character has strengths, weaknesses, and neutral skills in game. I'm trying to get a certain character named Hilda to learn a long-distance spell called Bolting, as she's one of the three characters in the game that can learn it.

    The problems are that 1)Hilda is a physical character, so having her learn this spell is nothing more than a bragging right, 2)Hilda has to get very good at Reason magic to learn this spell (an A in Reason...when she starts at E), 3) this messes up Hilda - one of the BEST physical units in the game for the long-run, making her practically unsalvageable due to the amount of time you have to spend with her in a mage-associated class; and 4) I'VE ALREADY DONE THIS BEFORE.

    Three Houses has a New Game+ feature, where you can unlock skill levels and whatnot from previous playthroughs by saving over an old playthrough when prompted to. I've done this a couple of times over the same save file, and the benefits are so nice: You don't have to spam characters in flowers and gifts to recruit them; you can have more time at the beginning of the game to grind and do stuff; and you can have your students learn skills they usually wouldn't have time to learn (or max out their skills in one particular area).

    During my last playthrough - a Golden Deer run that I started...either in January or late last year - I sacrificed Hilda in order to achieve this goal of her learning that spell, since I had the time and resources due to NG+. However, I didn't save over that playthrough properly, and I lost EVERY SINGLE ACHIEVEMENT gained on that playthrough. I still had backup files from other playthroughs, but it was rough losing that one.

    Fortunately, this time around I've learned my lesson, and I'll create multiple save files before the endgame.


    For ships/pairs, this time around it'll go:
    Dimitri x Belle (Byleth)
    Dedue x Shamir
    Felix x Annette
    Sylvain x Mercedes
    Lysithea x Linhardt
    Caspar x Hilda
    Ashe x Hapi
    Balthus x Constance (I'm not happy about this one, but they just don't have any other good supports)*
    Yuri x Dorothea
    Raphael x Bernadetta
    Ingrid x Ignatz
    Marianne & Hanneman
    Seteth x Manuela
    (I am) Ferdinand (von Aegir) x Flayn
    Petra x Cyril

    Gilbert, Alois, and Catherine are benchwarmers this time around...I mean, Gilbert and Alois are almost ALWAYS benchwarmers, but sometimes I use Catherine. Catherine's best pairings are with Shamir or Ashe, but I want to see how Shamir and Dedue's A-support looks, despite me knowing their paired ending; and Ashe is taken by Hapi - they're just too cute together and I love their ending! Catherine's ending with Lindhardt on non-AM routes is also good, but Linhardt and Lysithea are the best pairing, and Catherine & Linhardt's supports aren't that good.










    *Constance & Byleth's S-support is beautiful though, but she can only marry the M!Byleth
     
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    How is it btw? I've heard mixed things.

    I was torn between playing a new file of Persona 5 (not Royal, since I'd feel guilty NOT romancing Kasumi) or trying out Uncharted again. (The urge to replay Horizon: Zero Dawn is also in the back of my head, but I want to wait until we have more information about Forbidden West before doing that. And I miss the world more than than the story, so it's not worth completely replaying IMO.) I chose Uncharted.
    Overall my experience with Uncharted was fun! Last time I played I didn't make it more than 3% in the game. Yesterday I got to 20%. I'm playing on Easy, since games like these are really NOT my forte. (I died over 30 times in the hour or two I played. Some were my fault others were still my fault.)

    I've known for a bit that Nathan Drake was the next step in the "rugged adventurer" archetype that Lara Croft, Indiana Jones, and a few others occupy. And I'm happy that he didn't disappoint. I also see one of the main icons in exploration and climbing that later generations would carry out - climbing in Uncharted felt eerily reminiscent to climbing in Jedi: Fallen Order and a not unlike climbing in Horizon: Zero Dawn. I assume this was by design.

    The graphics, while updated for the PS4, are still VERY much PS3 graphics. This amuses me more than anything, since I can easily remember when those were cutting edge. But technology and graphics march on.

    Overall, I won't be playing this game consistently as it doesn't grab me like other games do; but playing it yesterday was the right choice. This game feels like a movie in all of the best ways, but that just makes me want to watch in on YouTube rather than play it myself. I'm sure I'll finish it eventually.

    ...playing it also made me want to play Persona 5 even more. But I'm also torn on who to romance! Do I go Best Girl Hifumi or Best Girl Makoto again? Or do I pick a wild card and go for Tae Takemi? And no, I refuse to go the Harem route.

    Don't worry, I haven't forgotten my Fire Emblem: Three Houses playthrough. Or my Witcher 3 file...I'm just not good with beating games unless it REALLY pulls me in and I haven't beaten it twice already.
     
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    I'm enjoying the Avengers game. It's fun and give it a 7 or even an 8 out of 10. Will probably get better over time like Star Wars Battlefront II after dlc and updates.

    Feels like a big sample right now
     
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    Video game? War Thunder and World of a Warships ( for years now)

    Tabletop game? Warhammer 40K, Bolt Action and getting into a ship-level tactical naval game
     
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    I decided to break out Persona 5 again. I could have played Royal, which is far better in terms of balance and QoL features such as having a dungeon exploring day ending in an automatic "YOU MUST BE SLEEPY" sentence. (And trust me, the ability to study, read, or make coffee after a dungeon changed EVERYTHING.)

    But I didn't want to feel like I was forced to romance Kasumi. This playthrough is for Makoto or Hifumi. I haven't decided which yet...

    Anyways, P5 is reminding me that everything has a price and a cost in this game. This time the price was really steep. I spent the pre-Panther level focusing on recruiting as many Personas as I could instead of leveling up; and now my team isn't under-leveled per se, but they ARE under-financed. You only get money and items if you defeat an enemy or a few enemies before recruiting one. That didn't happen a lot, since I went for the recruitment as soon as possible. So while I had/have a variety of Persona to use in any situation (I've fused most of them into stronger Persona), I had little money, no items, and one lockpick. And from there I spent half of the money on relatively-expensive health items and the other half on definitely-expensive armor - it's easier to keep people alive than it is to revive them. (And the health item prices will drop sooner and faster than the armor will.)

    None of this would be a problem had I not chosen to do Kamoshida's dungeon on the first possible day. I considered waiting, but I didn't have enough resources to build more lockpicks, and as such it wasn't worth the wait IMO.* Besides, it's too early to unlock SP reviving items. The cost of my impatience had me take on one of the hardest dungeons in the game** underpowered, broke, with no SP reviving items, and with no major partner skills. As it stands, I've used up a third of my healing items and most of my SP, and I'm only about a third of the way through the dungeon. Frankly I wouldn't have it any other way.

    You see, once I get past this dungeon, the next few bosses will be a cakewalk. I'll have a little bit of extra time between this boss and the next to access and advance multiple confidant levels, gain social stats (getting Rank 2 in Kindness and Guts are probably the most important early-game), and prepare. And honestly, that's the part I'm looking forward to the most. I love Persona's gameplay, but at this point it's a carrier for the story. I want to spend time with Ryuji, to re-meet Makoto, and to deal with Yusuke's shenanigans. But before I do all of that, I have to beat this dungeon first...let's see how that goes...



    *For beginners THIS IS ABSOLUTELY WORTH WAITING FOR. A day or two later, I believe the game will prompt you to get a job. The money gained is very reasonable for early-game rewards, and can be used over a few days to save up for better weapons and armor. Between that and hanging out with Ryuji, waiting 5-6 days can net you some really good benefits. Or simply waiting a few days between dungeon days works. Explore have of the dungeon on Day 1, get a job on Day 2 & make more lockpicks, spend some time with Ryuji on Day 3 and work that part-time job, and then go shopping for new equipment and head back to the dungeon on Day 4.
    **Many later dungeons have points where the game forces you to leave the dungeon in order to progress. Kamoshida's dungeon is one of the few that doesn't do work like that, and as such you either have to beat it in chunks (recommended) or make it a painful marathon (what I'm aiming for, but NOT recommended).
     
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    Slight Persona 5 update. After dying about five times, I managed to beat the dungeon in one in-game day! Two days later, I took down the boss! My team was one level shy of the ideal, but it worked out fine. By the time the in-game limit was up, I had reached Rank 4 with Ryuji, Rank 3 with Sojiro, and Rank 2 with Takemi. I still need to start Ann's confidant tree, but I'll have some time to do so. My also Rank 2 in Guts, Charm, and Kindness. I need to rank up Proficiency (usually my slowest growing rank) and Knowledge asap, but I'll get there.
     
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    After about 7yrs away from it, I've suddenly rediscovered my love for this...

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    Same here. I play it from time to time. Back then when SF3 (Third Strike) and SF4 (Super, Arcade + Ultra Edition) was hot, I was a Street Fighter expert. But with SF5 it all changed, mainly because they slaughtered my main character (Vega). Now I'm just playing casually.
     
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    Doom Eternal, God of War, Cod MW, Mortal Kombat 11, and Injustice 2.
     
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