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  • [Playing] Icewind Dale (PC), Sora no Kiseki FC (PC), Phantasy Star II (MD) | [Finished] Baldur's Gate (PC)
    [Playing] Baldur's Gate (PC), Sora no Kiseki FC (PC), Phantasy Star II (MD) | [Finished] Geneforge (PC)
    newtmonkey
    newtmonkey
    Just finished Geneforge as a power-hungry Shaper not allied with anyone. The combat isn't great, but the exploration, concept/story, and writing are all top-tier. A masterpiece.
    [Playing] Geneforge (PC) Phantasy Star II (MD) | [Finished] Mother 2 (SFC)
    newtmonkey
    newtmonkey
    I completed Mother 2 just now. It was good, but I didn't like it as much as Mother (Famicom). A bit too goofy, and way too easy.
    [Playing] Geneforge (PC), Mother 2 (SFC) | [Finished] Avadon (PC)
    newtmonkey
    newtmonkey
    Finished Avadon after years of on and off playing. It was alright. Better than Queen's Wish, not as good as the classic SWS games. I ended up siding with Redbeard.
    [Playing] Nox Archaist (Apple II), Avadon (PC), Mother 2 (SFC) | [Finished] Super Mario RPG (SNES)
    newtmonkey
    newtmonkey
    Just finished Super Mario RPG. It was a charming little game, but a bit too simplistic. Some of the platforming near the end was very annoying.
    rusty_shackleford
    rusty_shackleford
    I had super mario rpg for the SNES as a kid, I accidentally broke the cartridge near the end, was very upset.
    [Playing] Super Mario RPG (SNES), Phantasy Star II (MD) | [Finished] Ultima II (Apple)
    newtmonkey
    newtmonkey
    Glad to get Ultima II over with. There's a good concept in the center of all the jank and garbage, but what a mess of a game this is.
    Maxie
    Maxie
    mario = based
    Vlajdermen
    Vlajdermen
    Sega is the only company I trust with jrpgs, because they are the only ones who proved themselves
    [Playing] Ultima II (A2), Super Mario RPG (SNES), Phantasy Star II (MD) | [Finished] Ember (PC)
    newtmonkey
    newtmonkey
    Just finished Ember. It was a nice little surprise; not a bad game for a tablet/phone game port.
    Thac0
    Thac0
    Interesting that you liked it, had it floating around in my wishlist for a while, eventually removed it because of mobile origin + general dislike for hack & slash genre. The aesthetics have a certain charm, nice to hear it is not shovelware.
    newtmonkey
    newtmonkey
    Thac0
    Don't get me wrong, it's not anything amazing, but it's decent. It's not really hack & slash like Diablo, more like a very simple Baldur's Gate. It only really drags during the last 10% of the game imo.
    [Playing] Elden Ring (PC), Ember (PC), Elminage (PSP), Wild Arms (PSX) | [Finished] Queen's Wish (PC)
    newtmonkey
    newtmonkey
    Just finished Queen's Wish. A 40-hour slog that would have been a decent enough 20-hour trifle.
    [Playing] Elden Ring (PC), Queen's Wish (PC), Elminage (PSP), Wild Arms (PSX) | [Finished] Operencia (PC)
    newtmonkey
    newtmonkey
    For Operencia, my party was: Mage, Joska (STR/INT split damage dealer), Mezey (STR/VIG split tank), and Kela (STR damage dealer). It's good to see that the game allows for different types of parties!
    Jinn
    Jinn
    You liking Wild ARMs? Generally feels pretty underrated to me. I'm a fan. Great setting, some very cool lore, nice atmosphere, interesting challenge spikes, beautiful soundtrack, great "exploration" spirtework, generally fun and satisfying puzzling that doesn't get in the way.
    newtmonkey
    newtmonkey
    Yeah, Wild Arms is great. Awesome soundtrack and exploration, and I really like the magic system, which gives you some great flexibility even from the start.
    [Playing] Elden Ring (PC), Operencia (PC), Elminage (PSP), Wild Arms (PSX) | [Finished] Final Fantasy VIII (PSX)
    newtmonkey
    newtmonkey
    Just completed FF8. It's my least favorite in the series (out of FF1-8), but I found it to be enjoyable enough. Poor story, worse characters, but awesome backgrounds and the junction/GF system is fun.
    [Playing] Exile (PC), Elminage: Original (PSP), FF8 (PSX) | [Finished] Shard of Spring (Apple II)
    newtmonkey
    newtmonkey
    Just completed Shard of Spring. It's very basic, but surprisingly fun with some good combat and dungeon delving. Worth a play for fans of Ultima III.
    Ed123
    Ed123
    No!
    [Playing] AD&D: Secret of the Silver Blades (PC), Shard of Spring (Apple II) | [Finished] Final Fantasy V (SFC)
    newtmonkey
    newtmonkey
    Finally completed FF5 after a year or two of on and off playing. I've completed FF1-7 now, and I'd rank it toward the top of the series overall.
    [Playing] Final Fantasy V (SFC), AD&D: Secret of the Silver Blades (PC) | [Finished] Ys III (PCE)
    newtmonkey
    newtmonkey
    Ys III was much shorter than I remember. PCE version blows the SNES version away in every aspect except parallax scrolling, with noticeably better hit detection—it actually plays like a decent action game. Great soundtrack.
    [Playing] Final Fantasy V (SFC), AD&D: Secret of the Silver Blades (PC) | [Finished] Ys I/II (PCE)
    newtmonkey
    newtmonkey
    Just finished Ys I/II on PCE. Great music, fun boss fights, but lots of big empty mazes bring it down toward the end.
    [Playing] Final Fantasy V (SFC), AD&D: Secret of the Silver Blades (PC) | [Finished] Phantasie (Apple II)
    newtmonkey
    newtmonkey
    Just finished Phantasie. Great game, especially for 1985!
    [Playing] Final Fantasy V (SFC), Phantasie (Apple) | [Finished] Lurking Immortui (PC)
    newtmonkey
    newtmonkey
    Just finished Lurking Immortui now. Awesome game, highly recommended for fans of Ultima III-V.
    [Playing] Final Fantasy V (SFC), Lurking Immortui (PC), Artifact Adventure (PC) | [Finished] Mother (FC)
    newtmonkey
    newtmonkey
    It's really great imo, but only if you are into the 8-bit JRPGs (or perhaps the more exploration-focused parts of FF5/6). The story is basically non-existent, it's definitely a throwback to DQ3, just completely wide open for exploration.
    newtmonkey
    newtmonkey
    I definitely recommend choosing the airship as your artifact, as it allows you to go pretty much anywhere in the game right from the start. Having said that, the first time I tried it, it didn't hook me at all either. Second try took about an hour for it to interest me.
    newtmonkey
    newtmonkey
    But I also love Dragon Quest 2/3 and the nonlinear parts of FF5/6, so ymmv.
    [Playing] Dark Souls III (PC), Yomi wo Saku Hana (Switch), Mother (FC) | [Finished] Breath of Fire II (SFC)
    newtmonkey
    newtmonkey
    I am going with Pyro in DS3 (first time through was greatsword melee). Tons of fun and it gets overpowered from midgame. I mentioned this in the DS3 thread, but I could not believe how trivial Pontiff Sulyvahn and the Dancer were with Pyro. It's like a different game.
    NJClaw
    NJClaw
    My biggest surprise with a pyromancer is how much it can trivialize Midir. You can take him down in just a couple of minutes, while usually it's the longest and grindiest fight in the game.
    newtmonkey
    newtmonkey
    I didn't do much of the DLC the first time through, so it's good to hear I can trivialize that fight too haha.
    [Playing] Dark Souls III (PC), Yomi wo Saku Hana (Switch), Breath of Fire II (SFC) | [Finished] Dark Souls II: SOTFS (PC)
    [Now playing] Baldur's Gate (PC), Diablo (PC), Bloodborne (PSNOW) | [Last finished] Dark Souls III (PC)
    NJClaw
    NJClaw
    Personally, I love everything from Demon's Souls to Sekiro. I can see where each entry fails, but that doesn't stop me from enjoying what it gets right. They are part of the very short list of games I enjoyed enough to try ironman runs.
    NJClaw
    NJClaw
    Bloodborne is an incredibly good game, but it's painful to play on such a shitty hardware. With hacks it maintains 60 FPS most of the time on the PS5, but the drops to 20-30 in the most crowded areas are like knives in the eyes.
    newtmonkey
    newtmonkey
    Well, we can only hope that Bloodborne somehow gets ported to PC one of these days (so that I can actually play it, and you can enjoy it on better hardware). Once I finish Lords of the Fallen (it's okay) I'll probably tackle Sekiro next.
    [Now playing] Baldur's Gate (PC), Diablo (PC), Dark Souls (PC) | [Last finished] Curse of the Azure Bonds (PC)
    NJClaw
    NJClaw
    I think the only things preventing it from becoming a REAL genre-defining success are a couple of very absurd design choices that can only be explained with Owlcat's inexperience. I still can't believe they left in the game stuff like Entangle lasting for multiple IRL minutes even outside of combat.
    Thac0
    Thac0
    Also at least according to Tacgnol the adventure module is fucking shit in the second half, and Owlcat had to do one hell of patching it up so it made sense. Which explains the rapid decline of quality in the second half of the game, as ressources get stretched thin.
    Tacgnol
    Tacgnol
    Yeah they made quite a bit of effort to fill in plot holes and generally expand the narrative. One of the big criticisms of the AP is that Nyrissa gets fuck all characterisation or presence until the final book. Owlcat tried to give her more presence throughout the entire AP.
    [Now playing] Final Fantasy VIII (PSX), Pathfinder: Kingmaker (PC) | [Just finished] Curse of the Azure Bonds (PC)
    Citizen
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    [Now playing] Final Fantasy 8 (PSX), Curse of the Azure Bonds (PC), Realms Of Antiquity (TI-99) | [Just finished] Ultima III: Exodus (PC)
    newtmonkey
    newtmonkey
    I like the junction system and the backgrounds haha. There's really not much to recommend about it, but I want to finish all the FF games from 1-9, and all I have left to complete is 5, 8, and 9.
    Thac0
    Thac0
    It has so much potential, but the game is constantly tripping over it's own feet. Junctioning would be pretty cool, if not for the amount of spells junctioned influencing your stats that much. That makes casting a junctioned spell actively stupid in almost all cases, and turns the game into a boring auto attack slog.
    The backgrounds are nice tho.
    newtmonkey
    newtmonkey
    Agreed. It's too bad they never revisited the junction system. Imagine a nonlinear game where you could go explore the world to hunt down powerful spells to junction to stats, etc. It's shame such an interesting system was stuck in such a ridiculous game.
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