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General Discussion / Re: Epic thread of win
« Last post by Cluck Kent on June 04, 2018, 08:47:44 AM »
Wow, very cool.

I never really believed Sssithy was a real person.

Congrats and Happy Birthday!
Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« Last post by maxbeedo on June 04, 2018, 04:55:12 AM »
Finished Tales of Berseria.  Kinda meh.  Very predictable, not much changes from beginning to end.  They try very hard to make you like every character, but unlike Xillia I think they failed in some cases.  The premise was not as strong, and I don't think even with the conversations unlocked after beating the game explaining more of Artorias' background that he is ever that interesting or sympathetic.  I don't necessarily mind some backtracking in games, but I think the biggest problem is that most areas are like 5x bigger than they need to be, and the fast travel stuff isn't unlocked until way later.  When you first unlock your "base", it takes almost 90 seconds of running to get from the harbor to the "inn" to sleep.  It takes over 5 minutes of just running to traverse most dungeons after clearing them.  The "Back to the Future 2 Hoverboard" you unlock only speeds you up maybe 25%, although the ability to essentially ignore encounters helped a lot. 

A few other issues:
The subtitles are consistently wrong, like at least every other sentence is either misspelled or missing several words of what they actually said (and this is English voice + English subtitles).
Because of the way status effects remove your "soul" action pool, and almost every enemy from about an hour in onward will automatically stun and/or hit you with status effects on THE FIRST HIT, the only way to get through the game in a timely manner is to abuse Velvet's Break Soul ability over and over and over since it makes you immune and unstaggerable (playing any other character usually ends up with me getting stunned on any stray hit and then gang-stomped to death in <2 seconds, at least until later in the game).
The Xillia cameo went on for way too long.  And they spent way too much of the dialogue trying to justify a reason for them to be there instead of just having fun with the mashup.
I had only unlocked maybe 5 trophies out of 51 when I was ready to go to the final dungeon.  10-15 can be unlocked very quickly thereafter as the game shoves all of its "sidequests" in at the end.  The rest are grindy as hell.  I've earned 2.3 millon "gald", but need 20 million for the trophy.  I've earned 13000 out of 200000 Tales Coins, used about 30-70 Mystic Artes per character out of the 250 needed, level 77 out of 200, 6000 out of 11800 collectable "Katz souls", etc..  A second playthrough with some accelerators can help, but there's no other reason to play NG+ other than trophy grinding.
The antagonists were not interesting. 
Most of the PCs try way too hard to be simultaneously caring/uncaring, or doubtful/self-assured, without much reason to swap between them.  They tend to be a little too objective about their own feelings, and commentate "well, I might care or not care about this, depending on the situation, that's what being a human is all about", way too early in the game, and way too often.  Self-awareness is a good trait but introduced too early (especially with Rokorou) robs them of any emotional growth. 
Almost all of the mini-games are garbage.

The good:
As usual for a Tales game, the characters are written as "normal people".  They mostly behave, react, and talk like as you'd expect out of rational people.  They brood, they crack jokes, they rationalize scary situations away with humor, they try to console each other, the good guys have done bad things, the bad guys have done good things, etc. It makes it really hard to hate any of them.
Eleanor is a top-tier waifu.  She's the best kind of Lawful Good Paladin/Team Mom.  Every time Velvet got into an argument with her it just made Velvet look worse and Eleanor look better, since Velvet seemed to just hate her for no reason while Eleanor was usually friendly, non-judgmental, or generally looked to blame herself before blaming others.
Magilou is the contrarian of the group, and that usually means she stands out as the one super emotional character since everyone else is fairly even-keeled (and the voice of reason when they start going crazy), and the VA's performance destroys everyone else's.
General Discussion / Re: Epic thread of win
« Last post by Timinator on June 04, 2018, 01:22:52 AM »
Didnít you have to pay real money before you got on here? ;)
Movies & TV / Re: What are you watching?
« Last post by Timinator on June 04, 2018, 01:22:02 AM »
Just finishing Santa Clarita diet season 2. I enjoy the comedy, the silliness and the situations they get into
Movies & TV / Re: What are you watching?
« Last post by Sssith on June 03, 2018, 10:49:05 PM »
I enjoyed the first two seasons of The Expanse.  Need to see the third.
Movies & TV / Re: What are you watching?
« Last post by Sssith on June 03, 2018, 10:48:12 PM »
I really enjoyed IT.  I probably need to read the book to comment more intelligently.
General Discussion / Re: Epic thread of win
« Last post by Sssith on June 03, 2018, 10:46:19 PM »
I made the Epic Thread of Win.  *stary-eyed*
General Discussion / Re: Epic thread of win
« Last post by Timinator on June 03, 2018, 10:16:46 PM »
Sssith having a mid life crisis. This is his video and he is ok with it being shared
Movies & TV / Re: What are you watching?
« Last post by syn on June 03, 2018, 09:03:54 PM »
the expanse got cancelled by syfy but got picked up by amazon... :)
Diablo 3 / Heading to a new clan for Season 14
« Last post by dave in the basement on June 03, 2018, 10:17:22 AM »
Hello all,

I don't know that is really worth a topic, but I wanted to give you a heads-up that I'm heading to a different clan for S14. I would still love to MP with any of you fine folks that fire up some S14 characters, so please don't be shy if you want a little sketchy company.  ;)

I'm not disgruntled or anything, but just looking for some potential additional MP options. But again, please hit me up if you need a basement dweller in tow.

Happy hunting and I'll see you online! :D

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