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TheJGG

Our Christmas shipment has been delayed, so it does give me more incentive to play games I already own in more depth. And to answer the obvious question, I'd much rather have a physical copy, since it takes up less memory. I began replaying Dragon Quest XI S a few months before but at this point it vindicates my choice.

So far I've beaten the game, but made sure to take time to learn combat, complete side quests every now and then, and avoid grinding too much, although postgame bosses forced me to grind for about four hours to get to a point where I was able to avoid getting squashed like a pancake. I've beaten about three of the postgame bosses so far and my party's in the mid-sixties level range. Damn it's a good time to be alive.

The game's just so well made too. It's so rare to come across a game with this level of polish but Square (Armor Project too) have made an absolute masterpiece here that to me is as good as Xenoblade Chronicles. And that says something.

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Nephestinus

@BruceCM Oh, I didn't know there was an anime to it.
I might just go ahead and watch it since the prizes for the first game are outrageous...
Thanks for bringing it to my attention !

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I just have a lot on my plate.

BruceCM

That's OK, @Nephestinus .... As I say, the 2nd does cover the main things from the previous 1 that you wouldn't have to play that 1st, although I happened to have got it in Steam sales awhile ago, then got reminded to play it once I heard the sequel was coming

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Vortexeo

TheJGG wrote:

Although postgame bosses forced me to grind for about four hours to get to a point where I was able to avoid getting squashed like a pancake. I've beaten about three of the postgame bosses so far and my party's in the mid-sixties level range.

Dragon Quest XI is also one of my personal favorites! I was planning on completing it to 100% completion at some point Out of curiosity have you ever tried farming the metal slimes? My brother did it and he got to level 99 in just over an hour. I just thought I'd tell you in case you felt the need to grind again haha.

I'm always so close to finishing my backlog but then that one game that never goes on sale happens...

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RR529

Glad to see this is still a thing. Should be another good year for JRPGs.

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BruceCM

I don't know much about that 1, @RR529 .... There was some ArcSys fighting game spin off but this looks more interesting to me

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theepictorkoal

@Nephestinus I own both Blue Reflection games, but only played through the second one. Having finished my first playthrough recently, I personally think that playing the first game isn't neccessary to understand how the story connects the two games, especially if the first game isn't even available on the Switch. Explanations that happen when topics regarding the first game come up are detailed enough to form an understanding of the important events.

For buying the first Blue Reflection, I think the most cost effective option is getting it when the Playstation store has a sale. In the US I believe Blue Reflection has a 55% discount on the Playstation Store currently. Finding a reasonably priced physical copy sounds iffy since Blue Reflection seems to fall in the group of Japanese games released in the West that only had 1-2 runs of physical copies before stopping production.

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VoidofLight

So my friend bought that Edge of Eternity game on steam, since it looked rough in the trailer, and streamed about the first hour of the game. All I can say is that it's.. not great. I get a small team worked on it, with barely any budget, but from the glimpse of the game I've seen, nothing redeems it. Not the open world, not the art style, and definitely not the story itself.

The story barely explains anything that happens, and sometimes things just happen because they happen. They dump an entire roster of characters upon you in the first 30 minutes as well, and barely do anything to establish them, or even give you a reason to care about them. This is noted when they all start to be killed off one by one. It doesn't help either that your own town gets blown up in the first 30 minutes as well, without letting you walk around and see the people in that place beforehand... and the death of the main character's mother, at the very start, without giving much reason for you to care as someone who just started the game.

What's worse is the dialogue lines and voice acting. The cast isn't particularly bad either, it's just that they have terrible voice direction, and horrible lines that sound extremely unnatural, and how an alien would think humans talk.

The ost is probably the only thing that's good about the game, all because the Xenoblade and Chrono Trigger composer is the composer for this game's ost... and even then, it's not even their best work, at least from what I've heard so far.

Then you have the technical issues where the cutscenes abruptly skip, or you think there's a moment where a cutscene should play, and yet one doesn't at all.

The only reason I'm talking about this here, is mainly because the Switch is supposed to get a cloud version of the game soon, and I wanted to leave this here as a warning. I heard the game's story gets a bit better later in, but the first hour of the game didn't leave me with confidence. I can't really say much about the combat system, or the controls though, since I was just watching a friend play through it.

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RR529

@BruceCM, yeah, I know nothing of the original mobile game itself, but when this console JRPG spinoff was first shown off a couple years ago I was stunned at how good it looked.

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BruceCM

I only heard about relink recently & I found that the mobile 1 was only available in Japan, @RR529 .... I guess they'll be hoping to reach a lot of people that haven't played that, though, so I'll look forward to hearing more about it

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Losermagnet

I have such a hard time getting into JRPGs anymore. It's really frustrating because they were my go-to thing years back. Final Fantasy legitimately helped me get through some horrible middle school and high school years. But I just can't get into it anymore. I played FF VII Remake all the way to chapter 13 or 14 and just stopped. I love the characters, setting, and music but I didn't like playing the game itself. Is this just me? Any advice? Any body have a JRPG that got them back into the genre?

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RR529

@Losermagnet, I've never gotten out of the genre, but if it's the (psuedo) turn based combat that puts you off them maybe you could try a Ys game?

They have some of the snappiest, action game like combat I've experienced in a JRPG. the Trials of Mana remake is a good shout in that direction too, and though I haven't played it, maybe Neir Automata (it was made by Platinum, so combat is probably a highlight).

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Losermagnet

@RR529 I checked out a trailer for Ys VIII and it looks pretty good. Would it be a good entry to start with? I own Nier but haven't played it yet, so I may try that out first (although I'm really wanting to find a more traditional kind of RPG). Thanks for the recommendations btw.

The last JRPG that I was completely engrossed with was Dragon Quest XI S. That was great. So I was pretty bummed when FF VII didn't connect with me. Then I had similar disappointments with Ni No Kuni, Dragon Quest VII (3ds), and Final Fantasy VIII.

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RR529

@Losermagnet, most Ys games star the same hero (though the surrounding party changes game to game), but I believe each game is mostly stand alone aside from minor references/Easter eggs. I think only 1 & 2 are directly related (they were meant to be 1 game), as well as Origin (which acts as a prequel that duo).

I started with VIII and really enjoyed it.

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BruceCM

Well, it might be hard going back to some earlier entries after VIII, @Losermagnet .... What platforms do you have, though?

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VoidofLight

I think I may be addicted to Final Fantasy XIV now.

Currently Playing: SoulCalibur VI, Professor Layton and the curious village, SMT V.

Solaine

@VoidofLight How far are you into the game? I keep hearing that the beginning is pretty boring but it gets very good late game, would you say the same?
@Losermagnet Personally i was surprised how much i liked Yakuza like a dragon, after playing it this year, maybe even enjoyed it more than yakuza 0. I don't know what you have played but games that personally really ignited that spark was the Xenoblade games, Final Fantasy 9, Undertale and Nier. But it is also somewhat harder to into JRPGs for me, as i recently stopped playing FFXV, Tales of Arise, Monster hunter stories 2 and TWEWY this year.

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Vortexeo

@VoidofLight I've had final fantasy 14 on my PC for a little while now but I haven't started it yet. I'm pretty eager to see what the hype is about but I'm always intimidated by MMOs because I know they're such huge time sinks lol.

I'm always so close to finishing my backlog but then that one game that never goes on sale happens...

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VoidofLight

@Solaine For XIV? Yeah, the beginning isn't as great, but Heavensward is pretty good so far, and the end of A Realm Reborn is alright if you can get past the filler.

@Vortexeo Oh yeah, MMO's are generally huge time sinks. I've just generally been doing Main Story Quests though, but if you set out to do all the optional content, then you'll probably spend years on it. I play about an hour or two every few days, and I've gotten pretty far.. however, I am doing the free trial, and I feel like things will probably be different when I get the full game, since you have to purchase game time.

Currently Playing: SoulCalibur VI, Professor Layton and the curious village, SMT V.

Losermagnet

@BruceCM too many lol. SNES, Gameboy, GBA, Wii/Gamecube, Wii U, DSi, 3DS, Switch, PS2, PS5. Sometimes I feel like if I had less it'd be easier to enjoy games more.

@Solaine I totally forgot Like a Dragon was an RPG ūüė≤ i've been casually working my way through 0 for awhile and I'm almost done (I think...). Would it be okay to skip from 0 to LaD? I uhhhh...bought all of the Yakuza games already ūüėĎ (and Fist of the North Star. I may have a shopping problem). I had every intention of playing through them chronologically, but it'll be next year before I play LaD if I do it that way.

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