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I thought this would be a fun topic because the thread "What Anime Are You Watching Now?" was interesting to read and I thought it would be a fun to see what games we all have been playing lately. Let's say VNs are excluded except maybe VNs that were released on Consoles like Switch and maybe some one PS4. I know this is a VN forum but I think it'd be a nice change of pace to see what games we're playing to keep our minds from boredom during this pandemic. The games consoles/platform are PC, PlayStation 1-4, Nintendo Switch and other Nintendo devices if you have any, and finally Xbox (I hate Xbox for personal reasons lol). IF I missed any other consoles feel free to add them too. Remember to respect others opinions! Let's have a fun discussion!

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I finished playing VA-11 Hall-A recently and it was quite enjoyable. The bartending mechanics were nicely woven into the story and surprisingly challenging at times. The protagonist, Jill, is ado

Started the final chapter in Trails in the Sky... First Chapter. This naming sure is weird. Anyway, the story started getting pretty interesting. I can't say I were particularly mindblown by it s

I'm playing Celeste! My fingers and getting destroyed with having to press multiple keys at the same time... It really feels like a controller game, but I will persevere, I think. Playing a chapter pe

13 minutes ago, Silvz said:

I'm playing the DLC for Pokémon Sword and Shield, and I'm enjoying it more than the base game. It has a large map and a lot to do, and it's nice to have to capture the old pokémon who weren't available before.

I've been playing the Pokemon Sword DLC myself I like it a lot I've been trying to get the Shiny Zeraora in Max Raids. I've also been playing some Kingdom Hearts Final Mix on PS4 too, it's just fun to chill out to and enjoy the story.

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1 hour ago, Sonicboom2.0 said:

I've been playing the Pokemon Sword DLC myself I like it a lot I've been trying to get the Shiny Zeraora in Max Raids. I've also been playing some Kingdom Hearts Final Mix on PS4 too, it's just fun to chill out to and enjoy the story.

you can't catch Zeraora, unfortunately

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30 minutes ago, Silvz said:

you can't catch Zeraora, unfortunately

Actually you can get the Shiny Zeraora through Pokemon Home for being the first million to defeat it I think. You'd have to check Serebii for info or Google search it as I'm not sure on the whole thing.

 

1 hour ago, Clephas said:

Merged threads.

 

Also, I'm playing the Switch version of Dragon Quest XI.  

Huh I didn't know there was already one made lol. Sorry and thanks.

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2 hours ago, Sonicboom2.0 said:

Actually you can get the Shiny Zeraora through Pokemon Home for being the first million to defeat it I think. You'd have to check Serebii for info or Google search it as I'm not sure on the whole thing.

 

Huh I didn't know there was already one made lol. Sorry and thanks.

The shiny one will only be available if 1 million players defeat zeraora. If we don't, it won't be given.

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Some weeks ago I made the mista... eerrr decision of starting out FFXIV and booooy what a delightful time sink. I'm having a blast just chilling and pointlessly grinding as I'm yet to beat the slog that is ARR's story.

If anyone here plays in the NA server come and say hi and maybe we can even have a peaceful tea time in a beach house. That I hope that you have, that is, because I'm just a poor homeless freelancer Elezen :P

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I'm playing Celeste! My fingers and getting destroyed with having to press multiple keys at the same time... It really feels like a controller game, but I will persevere, I think. Playing a chapter per session seems doable.

Tring to think of the last time I played a 2d platformer and I'm not really coming up with anything... Uh, SuperTux. I played a bit of that since it came with some state-sponsored computers for students like my sister.

It's surprising because I don't usually play this genre. I don't know if they're all like this, but I'm pretty sure Celeste is a puzzle game, where you first solve how you can reach a strawberry, for instance, then you spend 10 minutes trying to execute it and dying a couple dozen times.

Seeing by the amount of people that finished it, I'll presume it is quite doable. It's probably all the extras that'll destroy a person. I think I'll finish, at least.

It reminds me of the other platformer I've played in my life: A Hat in Time, which is the best game ever.

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Dariusburst Chronicle Saviours. Only around 25 or so missions into the CS mode (campaign, more or less) but I'm definitely being entertained throughout. I never actually played a shmup before this and was attracted to it simply because the OST was so phenomenal, so I'm really feeling the difficulty, especially since I'm coming off playing multiple RPGs instead of faster paced genres. I'm still relatively young at twenty years old so want to capitalise on my reflexes being optimal enough that I can perform decently at shooters.

Still, trial-and-error and pattern memorisation are key to beating most of the more difficult bosses here, especially when it begins stripping your shields and offering you less lives in missions.  It's also an unpretentious, genuine experience in regards to story, gameplay and aesthetics. In retrospect I probably should've installed and finished Darius Gaiden and G-Darius just to feel the series progression over time (and recognise obvious references to previous games in the music, ships and bosses) though.

 

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I finished playing VA-11 Hall-A recently and it was quite enjoyable. The bartending mechanics were nicely woven into the story and surprisingly challenging at times.

The protagonist, Jill, is adorable and relatable and made for an overall enjoyable experience in the game. She has these weird quirks that contrast with her serious demeanor and makes her all the more endearing. The rest of the cast also have some interesting personalities that kinda make them stand out in their own way, and it was interesting to hear about their views on society. I always made it a point to serve the right drink at the right time so I don't miss out on any good dialogue.

Oh, and Dorothy is a lot of fun :3

The ending managed to make me cry a bit. It was bittersweet, but still left me feeling hopeful for Jill. I'm very much content with how things turned out overall and how well the game managed to leave an impression on me.

 

The game may or may not need a guide depending on how observant you are, but some choices are just really difficult to get without one. That said, whenever I did find the most optimal answer, I'm always able to trace it back to subtle hints in the dialogue. If any of you go in blind for your first playthrough, I'd recommend paying extra careful attention to each client's preferences and to Jill whenever she talks about a drink's history. Thankfully the game is fairly forgiving on mistakes, so you'll be fine as long as you're not a total jerk.

 

Overall, I highly recommend it!

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Decided to try Rorona now that I've finished with Ayesha, and perhaps may as well finished with the whole Arland trilogy if possible. The challange in here is not fighting the boss, but instead on how to manage the time while aim for ending which could be several at that and involving synthetizing things that can take days (A very precious resources), so let's see if I can handle it later.

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Code Vein dropped on the Game Pass so I finally broke and decided to give it a chance. I really suck when it goes to souls-like games, but the presence of the companion and frequent bonfires make this one relatively approachable, as far as I can tell. The mix of moe JRPG aesthetic and the ultra-grim/desolate tones of Dark Souls is also pretty amusing.

My biggest enemy so far is... The camera. It's so chaotic that it makes some playstyles, the hunter in particular, very hard to pull off. Also, often the cheap placement of enemies gives you no choice but to brute force encounters, once more making the more squishy classes hard to justify. Some of it is still me sucking and not utilizing the lock-on feature in an optimal manner, but the complains about camera are so frequent that I know there's more to it. Generally though, a fun game. Wouldn't mind sinking a few days into it completely if I could just ignore RL. 😛

Edit: And damn, the balance of this game is all over the place. I went through the really demanding city area, full of irritating terrain and ambushes, straight into this underground mire which is both trivial and rewards insane amounts of souls... I'm not fully complaining, because the resources are nice, but still... :s

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Finished Code Vein! Meaning I've completed the best route and all the base game optional content, the DLCs proved too much of a pain for me – I guess I don't have the patience to play soulslikes seriously after all and the extra levels had no story. However, for what the "casual" experience (playing on normal difficulty with a companion) offered, it was all really satisfying. It was at time challenging, but never frustratingly so and the versatility of the gaming mechanics was great. It was extremely convenient to switch between various builds and play styles, and resources & gear necessary for that were easily accessible, meaning you can experiment to your heart's content. I didn't even grind anything outside of getting lost on two particular levels and killing the same mobs multiple times there – people joke about finding your way in the Cathedral level being the most difficult boss of the game and they're definitely onto something.

However, the story probably deserves a deeper comment, because I really didn't expect to like it at the beginning. However, despite being filled with various brands of over-the-top anime BS, the game does something really interesting. At first you're just confronted with the apocalyptic setting and tons of abstract lore dropped at you all at once, but then the mechanic of gaining new abilities is fully tied with relieving other people's memories and experiencing their struggles during and after the apocalypse. It's cheesy, but a lot of those memories are interconnected and relevant for player's quest. You get a good look at both your allies and the antagonists (there's really just one villain in the game, and he's not even the main focus of everything – everything else is just tragedy on top of tragedy and trying to repair things that went wrong in humanity's last-ditch efforts of survival)... And soon everything starts feeling personal and decently fleshed out. If there was a bit more definition to the protagonist, this could've been a pretty decent chuunige. :3 Especially because it was all really stylish and gloriously edgy, particularly those scenes of reliving memories...

8/10, play it with Game Pass, don't buy the DLC unless you're a Soulslike fanatic and are looking for pain. :P

Now I'll probably let the Xbox rest for a while and get back to my other weeb hobbies properly...

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19 hours ago, Dreamysyu said:

I guess, it's finally time to see what Trails series is about.

What game are you starting with? Trails in the Sky, I presume? I'd be very interested in your impressions. The first two games really left an impression on me, and I've replayed them way too many times, considering I never went on to finish anything in the rest of the series :P
Have to admit, it was the fantastic localisation+protagonist that really dragged me into these games.

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1 hour ago, Mr Poltroon said:

What game are you starting with? Trails in the Sky, I presume? I'd be very interested in your impressions. The first two games really left an impression on me, and I've replayed them way too many times, considering I never went on to finish anything in the rest of the series :P
Have to admit, it was the fantastic localisation+protagonist that really dragged me into these games.

It's funny, considering FC has the worst localization of the whole series, as the first translator back then did a horrible job. It's full of mistranslations and changes quite a few things. (Like, English Estelle is dumber than Japanese Estelle, making them almost different characters)

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1 hour ago, Mr Poltroon said:

Trails in the Sky

Yep, this one. I'm not really sure if I'm going to finish the whole series since it seems to be pretty massive, but if I do I'll probably follow the first suggested order in this tweet.

I haven't played it for that much time yet, but I'm really enjoying it so far! Though I'm not really sure how interesting my impressions are going to be, considering that my experience with JRPGs is pretty close to zero, so I don't really have anything to compare it to, lol.

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3 hours ago, Riku said:

It's funny, considering FC has the worst localization of the whole series, as the first translator back then did a horrible job. It's full of mistranslations and changes quite a few things. (Like, English Estelle is dumber than Japanese Estelle, making them almost different characters)

I don't know about mistranslations, especially so long as the whole is coherent, but changing things or even characters really does not bother me in the slightest and I suspect may even be the cause for my love of it, in the case of Estelle, for instance.

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On 1/21/2021 at 12:47 PM, Riku said:

It's funny, considering FC has the worst localization of the whole series, as the first translator back then did a horrible job. It's full of mistranslations and changes quite a few things. (Like, English Estelle is dumber than Japanese Estelle, making them almost different characters)

Are you talking about the Steam version here? I just learned that apparently the translation was heavily revised for it, and I'm a bit curious how accurate the current translation is.

Anyway, I'm still playing Trails in the Sky, and I'm currently at chapter 2 of the first game. Overall, so far it's pretty good. The plot is somewhat cliche so far, but it still has time to change. Gameplay... well, I like it so far. I'm playing in the hard mode, and I'd say it's just hard enough to make the game somewhat challenging without making it tedious. I had some minor problems right at the start before I got used to the gameplay, but right now everything is going fine.

The funny part: I found myself at thought that if the backstories of some minor and background characters were published in a short-story format, I would love to read those. 🙂

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