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Gaming / Re: 10 games for 2018
« Last post by vladgd on January 01, 2019, 05:01:28 PM »
I guess since year's over, I could do a small year end review of the work I put into this thing 2018

1- earthbound
2- monster hunter world
3- smt nocturne
4- smt 4
5- south park fractured but whole
6- xcom terror from the deep
7- persona 5
8- deus ex mankind divided
9- metroid: samus returns
10- dragon quest xi
11- smt 4 apocalypse
12- advance wars 2
13- disgaea 5

October/November 2017 I was thinking about how I haven't been beating many games and I made some list of 10 games I wanted to complete in 2018. apparently I made a list of 5 in October...



...yeah...didn't even touch any of those...but my goal of 5, arbitrarily turned to 10, and I wanted to only beat unbeaten games...I OBLITERATED IT.

Less pc time, more games being beaten, my back feels fantastic, and I have been tackling some of those naggling games. Let's try and categorize some of this away for a wrap up of my 2018 vidya experience.

Favorite Game/2018 GOTY
Monster Hunter World.
Not much to say, I had a thread about it. Monster hunter was a fantastic series hampered by the platforms capcom released it on...this game fixes that...nuff said. I haven't had this much fun playing a videogame...in...a...long...time...I honestly can't remember the last time I fiended for a game as much as when I was in the middle of my hunter addiction. Not to mention the first time in a long time I played online with irl friends of mine for long periods of time. Good friend of mine whom I havent played games with online since...modern warfare 2...ended up putting at least 100+ hours of my 200 hours played in this thing.

Runner up favorite
smt nocturne
My introduction to Shin Megami Tensei, and having had experienced it...it's knocking its way on the door to my favorite jrpg. Might need some more time to simmer on it, but I really REALLY like this game. Light on story, heavy on atmosphere, great battle system, great challenge, great music. I still listen to the OST at work damn near every week, I only wish...the sequel was better...

Least Favorite Game
Shin Megami Tensei 4
This game refines a lot of things of nocturne, which is great...except the game itself...kinda...it's not bad..just...not good? Take the first "tutorial" dungeon of the game, make it the hardest jrpg dungeon I've ever played no exageration, and then make the rest of the game very easy, with a horrible starting atmosphere and an even worse story until near 80% through the game, it's just disappointing. I am confused as to why the smt community recommends people start with this game, at least smt4 apocalypse has a balanced difficulty curve, but the story in that game is just straight anime weeb stuff, which is fine...just not in the context of shin megami tensei. Play nocturne, then play this, you'll know the difference in tone real quick. Cutesey anime "LETS GO ON A PICKNICK!" just out of place in a game like this.


Most rewarding game to complete
xcom terror from the deep
Played this game a few years ago, it utterly defeated me. I savescummed like a bitch...and it still beat me. This game is HARD. Hardest game on my list this year, one of the hardest games I have completed. But it's xcom, underwater, and that's AWESOME. Like the original, but want shittier weapons and stronger aliens(well yknow till you get molecular control, and soldiers skilled to use it...then you can kinda just kinda obliterate everything...but yknow, good luck surviving that far with enemies who can take rockets to the face without even flinching)? I guess this is up your alley, had a blast playing it from start to finish, and I am extremely happy to knock this fucker off the backlog.

Biggest surprise
dragon quest xi
I thought this game was going to be some open world skyrim like game, and it wasn't. This is a dragon quest ass dragon quest game with a shiny coat of paint, and after a slow start, it plays great. All these great jrpgs ive been exposed to this year alone, and to end it, square enixes own NON final fantasy game just killed it this year. I don't even have any intent to play final fantasy 15 anymore, I think im done with that whole franchise at this point, but dragon quest...I got what, 9-10 others to try out since this was my first one? Getting excited of which one I'll knock out in 2019! Highly recommend this title to jrpg fans who like that OG style with a fresh coat of paint.

Seems like jrpgs and turn based strategy games on my plate for the most part, we'll see what 2019 comes to bring. Not sure if I'm committed to going crazy on vidya in 2019, but we'll see what the year brings. Change is usually slow for me so I'll probably pile on a few games before I focus attention on more important uses of my free time, so we'll see.

Good games 2018.
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Computing / Re: How the FUCK can I start livestreaming on Youtube or twitch.
« Last post by vladgd on December 30, 2018, 08:55:10 AM »
You may have misunderstood my last post, but let me clarify.

Im on my PC less than 2 hours a month now a days, the last time I was on my computer was last Wednesday, which ended in back pain I haven't had since February.

Im literally afraid of being on my PC for longer than 30 minutes due to the back problems.
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Computing / Re: How the FUCK can I start livestreaming on Youtube or twitch.
« Last post by NewF on December 29, 2018, 10:55:51 PM »
Well, I tried adding you. It says "Friend request sent" but then nothing happens and you dont show up in any friend request. Did you BLOCK me??  AHHHH!!! :(
Just ad me.
Newf
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Computing / Re: How the FUCK can I start livestreaming on Youtube or twitch.
« Last post by vladgd on December 29, 2018, 12:02:07 AM »
I think it's still vladgd, but I've barely on my PC due to back issues. Literally back pain mostly gone, because the time I've been on my PC in the entirety of 2018, is the time I was on my PC in a week in 2017. Recliner in the living room has been heavenly.

Contemplating getting a living room setup for my PC or laptop, but that's a topic for another thread. Would love to get back into fightans again, but in the current climate, favoring tekken 7, even though im horrible.
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Gaming / Re: Disgaea 5
« Last post by vladgd on December 28, 2018, 11:07:57 PM »
Yeahhh...I snowballed quick...

Drink sodas to power level a maid, use said leveled maid to tower level max level at cheat shop in 2-1. Use said levels to do 4-2 cheat shop level 16 to make level 99 enemies, tower level there. Advance story till you unlock martial training 1, hot...level 400 something there with one character.

Steamroll game, last game of 2018 beat!

I see the appeal, but having just came off advance wars 2 (a vastly better game, with actual tactics and no leveling) im kinda disappointed. Iunno, I got the first one sitting in shrink wrap, we'll see if I tear into that soon. Probably want to do that before I do post game in 5, but iunno.

6/10, not bad
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Computing / Re: How the FUCK can I start livestreaming on Youtube or twitch.
« Last post by NewF on December 28, 2018, 04:56:02 PM »
Vlad what's your Steam ID, I wanna play some SF with you.
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Gaming / Re: Disgaea 5
« Last post by Bobbias on December 26, 2018, 08:56:00 AM »
I passed the cheat shop as well, but I never figured out how to really abuse everything to make the most of stuff. Sure, I can level up the enemies in that ch2 map with the easy xp tiles, but I couldn't get them high enough to actually make good exp out of it.

I love metallia though.
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Gaming / Re: Disgaea 5
« Last post by Spectere on December 25, 2018, 08:15:53 AM »
I did end up passing the cheat shop and yeah, definitely essential. The fact that it's so weak right after you unlock it was a bit of a disappointment, but I suppose that's to be expected. I did fiddle with the prisoner system and managed to work out a somewhat vague understanding of it.

I unlocked the DLC characters but have been trying to avoid relying on them too much because some of them are just straight up broken, haha.

As for the Monster Hunter comparison, the reason I made that is because I had to coach several people so that they would understand the systems in World. Obviously it's a far cry from Disgaea as far as that's concerned, but there's a lot that the game glosses over that I only knew about from my experience with MH3. Even if it isn't as min-max heavy, if you're a newb you're still at a pretty big disadvantage if you don't know how to upgrade your gear. That was actually my biggest gripe with its tutorial systems: it took great pains to teach you how to play video games but chose to use dense yet vague info dumps to teach the weapon/armor skill mechanics. The problem is that the people who are more likely to need better armor are the people who aren't going to know how to upgrade their armor, or know what stats they need to focus on. The reason I made the comparison in the first place is because of how common that problem is to new MH players.

And on dynasty warriors, I basically 100% dw4, and it was fun, but enough where I never want to play another game again. Spent an entire spring break playing co op, like 10 days playing all day and night....

Yeah, I'm kinda like that right now. I've spent around 50-60 hours this past week playing Hyrule Warriors. Not sure quite how to feel about that, especially when I tack on the ~45 hours a week that I generally work. :|

Like, I've only turned on my gaming rig twice in the past two weeks (and my laptop's gotten maybe a few hours of use during that time). Crazy.
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Gaming / Re: Disgaea 5
« Last post by vladgd on December 24, 2018, 04:32:57 PM »
I kinda have a feeling that D5 would make a lot more sense if you started from the first game and worked your way up. It seems to have the same problem that MH:W and the Warriors games have—it assumes that you came in with knowledge from the previous games.

I think I'm going to have to take a deep dive into FAQs and wikis before I pick D5 up again. My min-max tendencies kind of pushed me toward an endless grind cycle. If I had a better idea of what I should push for and how I should properly use stuff like Item World I'd probably be fine

Starting to get into breaking the game territory. Passing the bill for cheat shop is mandatory to raise enemy levels. Also I found out you spend prisoners like currency to upgrade groups, so beginning to understand that aspect of the game, have people in capture squad and work on those prisoners to upgrade more squads. DLC characters defiy help, metallia when she hits 50 gets S damage elemental spells, so been abusing that.

I do somewhat disagree with the monster Hunter comparison, I think it doesn't have a fraction the systems disgaea throws at you. Not to mention no leveling, not really a min max heavy game. I played that game the way I liked playing (mega defense turtle lancer) and the game let me.

Not to confuse lack of understanding with difficulty. So far disgaea is easy to play, just hard to understand due to lack of direction and minimum explaining why I need to use the mechanics available to me. Monster Hunter...is a hard game, but for the most part is just hunting stuff to make gear to hunt harder stuff for better gear. But maybe im biased since I put 200 hours into it.

And on dynasty warriors, I basically 100% dw4, and it was fun, but enough where I never want to play another game again. Spent an entire spring break playing co op, like 10 days playing all day and night....

*Edit* having played a lot today, managed to get to chapter 8 and Overkill my metallia to damn near level....400... Think im starting to get a feel for this fucker. This game is literally designed for you to break it.
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Gaming / Re: Disgaea 5
« Last post by Spectere on December 24, 2018, 03:36:40 AM »
I kinda have a feeling that D5 would make a lot more sense if you started from the first game and worked your way up. It seems to have the same problem that MH:W and the Warriors games have—it assumes that you came in with knowledge from the previous games.

I think I'm going to have to take a deep dive into FAQs and wikis before I pick D5 up again. My min-max tendencies kind of pushed me toward an endless grind cycle. If I had a better idea of what I should push for and how I should properly use stuff like Item World I'd probably be fine (I mean, I'm fine when I play Hyrule Warriors, and you can end up in the exactly same trap in musou games if you let yourself).
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