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Re: What are you playing?

by prfsnl_gmr Tue Dec 17, 2019 11:03 am

Elminage update:

I was exploring the Sky Garden dungeon when I encountered a carbuncle nest. I needed a carbuncle jewel to complete a fetch quest for the elf king; so, I grabbed it, fended off a few carbuncles, and proceeded back to the elf city. I thought I’d just turn this in like any other fetch quest, and didn’t bother to save. When I arrive, however, a succubus has stolen the Ring of Change from the elf king, and I am dropped me immediately into a boss battle. Moreover, one of the succubus’ henchmen (a “death ringer”) tolls the bells of death in the first round, giving me five rounds to complete the battle before my party is wiped out. I eliminate all of the henchman by round three, giving me two rounds to defeat the boss. The first round, I pull out my most powerful attacks and spells, but they are doing pathetic damage, indicating that I’ll need to cast a series of stackable debuffs to defeat this boss. (Her attacks didn’t do much damage to me, either, for what it’s worth.) I can do that, but I’m going to need more than one round to do it, which is all I have left. (To my chagrin, defeating the death ringer did not stop the countdown.) I go all in on the next round, with both my mage and cleric casting instant kill spells. The succubus resisted my mage’s petrify spell; my brawler did about 20 total damage; the spell cast by my fairy’s magical cape didn’t do much, but my cleric - three moves away from defeat - connected with his spell, instantly killing the boss, gaining us the coveted Ring of Change, and perhaps most importantly, saving me from having to restart from my last save. :)
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Re: What are you playing?

by pierrot Wed Dec 18, 2019 3:39 pm

I've been playing a fair amount of Demon's Tilt since I noticed it was added to Game Pass the other day. Initially it was pretty annoying to play. The flipper physics are just kind of weird, like they tried to actually program them like the Crush games instead of real pinball flippers, so they just end up a little bit too slow sometimes. Also the default visual settings are pretty horrendous. It starts out too zoomed in, and the camera constantly follows the pinball, but that makes it really easy to lose sight of it in the hail of flashy-neon-bullshit. It really should just shift to three different camera heights depending on which layer of the table the ball is on, but it doesn't. So I zoomed the camera out a bit, have it tracking the ball a bit less, adjusted some of the contrast settings, and put the ball-trail setting on, and it has become much more playable. I've also started to play it more like a real pinball machine, by cradling and aiming, post passing, cradle separations on multiballs, etc, and that has also made it so the flipper physics aren't quite as noticeable. Maybe I just adjusted to them, or something, though. I don't know.

Anyway, I've only played the normal table so far, and my high score is 562.3 million. I really thought I was going to get over a billion on that one, because I was over 500 million on the second ball, with 99x multiplier, and had completed the ARCANE rituals, with ZODIAC, and HERMIT more than halfway completed as well, but the ball dropped onto the second round of the hermit mini boss, from the second tier, in a way that when he swung the ball down, it went straight between my flippers. :? I was kind of pissed about that, because I also had both of the ball drain rebounds up, and I should have gotten the warp between the flippers from killing the boss after the homunculus, I was also one ball lock away from the scorpio multiball--. Oh well.
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Re: What are you playing?

by pierrot Thu Dec 19, 2019 3:51 pm

"Here's your meat."
"Well, there's something I usually only hear boys say."

Oh my god. Please tell me it was a teenager who wrote this crap--.


EDIT: "His gorgeous blue head draws closer to mine."

Is this from a writing class down at the Y?
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Re: What are you playing?

by prfsnl_gmr Sun Dec 22, 2019 12:20 am

Playing Elminage Original.

Against my better judgment, I ventured into the depths of a second-tier dungeon. I was doing OK until I got to a fight with a hellrider, two demon valkyries, and a pair of succubus. I handle them, mostly, but then the succubus uses “soft fingers” charming my thief and brawler. One, the brawler, proceed to kill the other, the thief, which is not the worst outcome, I guess, and I defeat the succubus in a few turns. After the battle, I discover that the succubus’ move docked my thief a hard-earned level(!), and since my thief is dead, I have no one who can competently remove traps from the chest dropped by the enemies. My alchemist does her best, and predicts a ghost swarm. The chest is a mimic, however, and springing the trap crashes the game. (This is a well-known bug in the 3DS version, apparently.) As I reload from my save, the game is like, “You wanted a hardcore dungeon crawler, right?” Oh well, that’s as far as I’m going in that dungeon...for now.

One cool feature...the game lets you replace the stock character art with pictures you take using the 3DS camera. My daughter is really into drawing anime characters right now, and I have commissioned - at $2 a picture - new character art from her. I have three of the portraits so far, and they are basically the cutest thing ever. There really is nothing like tackling a difficult dark, high-fantasy dungeon crawler using smiling characters drawn in colored pencil by a ten-year girl. :lol:
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Re: What are you playing?

by BoneSnapDeez Sun Dec 22, 2019 9:09 am

prfsnl_gmr wrote:The chest is a mimic, however, and springing the trap crashes the game.


It'd be hilarious if that was intentional. Talk about the ultimate chest trap.

Cute that your girl is getting into it. My daughter's been playing the Cally's Caves games on Steam, which are all about a kindergartener who wields a massive assortment of guns. Think she's trying to tell me something.

Oh, and I have played Elminage Gothic (via GOG.com). Not finished, but played. I mostly remember it being............. difficult.
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Re: What are you playing?

by prfsnl_gmr Sun Dec 22, 2019 9:49 am

Nice. Elminage Gothic is supposed to be the slightly better game from what I’ve read. Being able to grind through a dungeon on my 3DS while hanging out with the family has its benefits, however.

Also, I don’t think the mimic trap is intentional. You can fight them in the PSP version. Speaking of which...the PSP version received an extremely limited physical release in the UK. Only 300 copies were pressed, making it quite the collectors item...which I kind of want now... :lol:
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Re: What are you playing?

by BoneSnapDeez Tue Dec 24, 2019 1:00 pm

Busted this out for the holiday week:
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Extremely underrated and high IQ version of Ys. It actually uses button combat, so all the soibois that complain about the bump system should try it out.
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Re: What are you playing?

by marurun Tue Dec 24, 2019 1:27 pm

How does the music and content compare to the pinnacle Turbo release? everyone tries to copy Yonemitsu’s mixing style but none rise to his level.
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Re: What are you playing?

by BoneSnapDeez Tue Dec 24, 2019 5:06 pm

You and I both know that the TurboGrafx soundtrack is peerless.

The DS game does contain my favorite version of "Departure" though (that said, I don't think this track is in the older versions of the games anyway).
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by PretentiousHipster Thu Jan 02, 2020 12:42 am

Freelancer - I am absolutely blown away by the ambition of this. There's apparently almost 150 planets to visit, and 3000 npcs. The problem with that is it becomes repetitive. Every conversation with an npc follows a basic script with slight variations. The side missions also seem to be procedurally generated, so it's always similar. At the beginning I had 3 of them in a row that were exactly the same. Still, when I play this in short 30-45 minute sessions I love it.

Link's Awakening DX - Going through the zelda series now since I want to make a ranked zelda games list (and I plan on getting a zelda tattoo sometime this year). I need to explore the handheld ones as I've yet to play them, and Minish Cap was one of the best zelda games I've played. This one is impressive as it's on a more "primitive" console and its time period. I am playing the DX remake, but apparently the only difference was the addition of colour. The thing that turns me off are all the mario references. I don't mind easter eggs, but they use so many mario enemies here that it just feels... off.

I will replay Red Dead Redemption soon as well. Red Dead Revolver was absolutely terrible. The animations were awkward, glitches were frequent, but it was the crosshairs that turned me off the most. It glows red when it's on a target, but it doesn't necessarily mean you'll hit them. This completely goes against your reflex because you WILL ALWAYS shoot when the crosshair changes colour. I then tried to play Gun. It is a definite improvement, and even if it's not a skateboarding game it does feel like a Neversoft game. It's cool to see the mechanics that Red Dead Redemption was inspired with from here (Rockstar inspired Neversoft who inspired Rockstar). The problem is that the world is simply not immersive. It's so empty, especially outside of the towns. When you talk to the npcs they are so lifeless with their repetitive animations, and they just stand in front of a building waiting for you to come. It's like an SNES-era JRPG with how they just stand there. There's also the fact that the world is tiny. I understand not having a huge world in this time period, but they perhaps could have made some "worlds" in hubs.
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