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by Segata Thu Oct 26, 2017 1:16 am

Glad I'm not the only one on this site that wrote a wordy love letter to the game. The final dungeon does get tedious at times but I was glad when I finished it but the reward..meh not totally worth it unless you just want more boss fights and those are fun. The reward can let you play like old Ys games in a particular minor way. Going solo. I loved going solos as Adol in his Silver armor for a bit. Thing is by that point you have done everything so not much point unless it carries over to NG+ which I have not tried.
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by ElkinFencer10 Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:21 am

Games Beaten in 2017 So Far - 108
* denotes a replay

January (10 Games Beaten)
1. Persona 4 Arena - Playstation January 1
2. Chrono Trigger - SNES - January 7
3. Ys: The Vanished Omens - Master System - January 8
4. MUSHA - Genesis - January 10
5. Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below - PlayStation 4 - January 11
6. Ys I - TurboGrafx-CD - January 13
7. Ys II - TurboGrafx-CD - January 14
8. Dragon Quest Builders - PlayStation 4 - January 23
9. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard - PlayStation 4 - January 26
10. School Girl/Zombie Hunter - PlayStation 4 - January 29


February (12 Games Beaten)
11. Fire Emblem Heroes - Android - February 3
12. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD - Wii U - February 5
13. Dante's Inferno - PlayStation 3 - February 7
14. Hotel Dusk: Room 215 - DS - February 11
15. Persona 4: Dancing All Night - Vita - February 12
16. Sniper Elite 4 - PlayStation 4 - February 17
17. Pony Quest - NES - February 19
18. Halo Wars 2 - Xbox One - February 22
19. Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions - PlayStation Portable - February 24
20. Hotline Miami - PlayStation 4 - February 26
21. Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light - Famicom - February 27
22. Bad Dudes - NES - February 28


March (6 Games Beaten)
23. Root Letter - PlayStation 4 - March 2
24. Vroom in the Night Sky - Switch - March 10
25. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Switch - March 17
26. Super Bomberman R - Switch - March 18
27. Super Mario Run - Android - March 24
28. I Am Setsuna - Switch - March 24


April (9 Games Beaten)
29. Mass Effect: Andromeda - PlayStation 4 - April 1
30. Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army - PlayStation 4 - April 2
31. Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 2 - PlayStation 4 - April 2
32. New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers - Switch - April 3
33. Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 3 - PlayStation 4 - April 4
34. Persona 5 - PlayStation 4 - April 17
35. Alienation - PlayStation 4 - April 18
36. Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc - PlayStation 4 - April 23
37. Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair - PlayStation 4 - April 29


May (14 Games Beaten)
38. Puyo Puyo Tetris - Switch - May 4
39. Fire Emblem Gaiden - Famicom - May 6
40. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Switch - May 6
41. Outlast II - PlayStation 4 - May 7
42. Dishonored - PlayStation 4 - May 10
43. Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together! - Switch - May 12
44. Pikmin - Gamecube - May 12
45. Metal Slug - Neo Geo MVS - May 13*
46. Dariusburst CS: Chronicle Savior - PlayStation 4 - May 14
47. Batman: The TellTale Series - PlayStation 4 - May 17
48. Batman: Arkham VR - PlayStation 4 - May 18
49. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia - 3DS - May 25
50. Farpoint - PlayStation 4 - May 27
51. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Xbox 360 - May 29


June (10 Games Beaten)
52. Star Trek: Bridge Crew - PlayStation 4 - June 2
53. The Walking Dead: A New Frontier - PlayStation 4 - June 3
54. Rebel Galaxy - PC - June 18
55. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II - Vita - June 20
56. Medal of Honor: Allied Assault - PC - June 21*
57. Medal of Honor: Allied Assault - Spearhead - PC - June 21
58. Medal of Honor: Allied Assault - Breakthrough - PC - June 22
59. Aliens Versus Predator - PC - June 23
60. Army Men - PC - June 24*
61. Apartment 666 - PC - June 26


July (20 Games Beaten)
62. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist - Genesis - July 12*
63. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Hearts of Stone - PlayStation 4 - July 15
64. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine - PlayStation 4 - July 22
65. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - PlayStation 4 - July 24
66. Splatoon 2 - Switch - July 25
67. Kamiko - Switch - July 25
68. Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge - Xbox - July 26
69. Panzer Dragoon - Saturn - July 27*
70. Snake Pass - Switch - July 27
71. Buck Bumble - Nintendo 64 - July 28*
72. Castlevania - NES - July 29
73. Castlevania II: Simon's Quest - NES - July 29
74. Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse - NES - July 29
75. Super Castlevania IV - SNES - July 30
76. Castlevania Adventure - Game Boy - July 30
77. Castlevania Adventure Rebirth - Wii - July 30
78. Contra Rebirth - Wii - July 31
79. Heavy Fire: Special Operations - Wii - July 31
80. Heavy Fire: Black Arms - Wii - July 31
81. Panzer Dragoon II Zwei - Saturn - July 31*


August (9 Games Beaten)
82. Sunrider: Mask of Arcadius - Steam - August 4
83. Panzer Dragoon Saga - Saturn - August 5
84. Sunrider: Liberation Day - Steam - August 6
85. Emily is Away - Steam - August 8
86. Ys III: Wanderers from Ys - SNES - August 19
87. Nights of Azure - PlayStation 4 - August 25
88. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy - PlayStation 4 - August 26
89. Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut - Xbox One - August 27
90. Devil's Third - Wii U - August 30*


September (14 Games Beaten)
91. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle - Switch - September 4
92. Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom - Wii U - September 4
93. Daytona USA - Xbox 360 - September 6
94. Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow Over Mystara - Wii U - September 6
95. Cave Story+ - Switch - September 10
96. Cosmic Star Heroine - Steam - September 14
97. Lego Worlds - Switch - September 16
98. Metroid: Samus Returns - 3DS - September 18
99. Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls - PlayStation 4 - September 23
100. Weeping Doll - PlayStation VR - September 23
101. Dying: Reborn VR - PlayStation VR - September 24
102. Shadow Warrior 2 - PlayStation 4 - September 28
103. Pokken Tournament DX - Switch - September 29
104. White Day: A Labyrinth Called School - PlayStation 4 - September 30


October (4 Games Beaten)
105. Monster High: New Ghoul in School - Wii U - October 2
106. Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash - PlayStation 4 - October 8
107. Barbie Dreamhouse Party - Wii U - October 14
108. Tales of Berseria - PlayStation 4 - October 25


108. Tales of Berseria - PlayStation 4 - October 25

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I started playing Tales of Berseria because flake said he was going to play it, so I figured I'd play it along with him and swap stories. Then the jerk decides he's too good to play the same game as me or something and just drops it. What a mean guy, right? It's all good, though, because I actually had a pretty good time with Berseria. It wasn't quite as good as Phantasia or the first Symphonia in my opinion, but it was still an extremely good game.

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One of the first things that struck me about Berseria was the art style. Bandai Namco made excellent use of cel shaded visuals to create a stunningly beautiful world with a variety of environments and enemy types. Especially gorgeous are the mountains and cliffs, the draw distance working well with the visual style to give a sense of grandiose while maintaining a fantasy disconnect from reality. This is exactly the visual style I want for my fantasy adventures.

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The game's soundtrack is good, although only a few tracks really stand out as more than just "good." The voice acting is what really kept me wrapped up in the game; Velvet's, Rokurou's, and Magilou's voice actors especially were fantastic. Bienfu can die in a fire, though. The concept of the game's story is another highlight as it's fairly unique in its details. Yeah, you end up stopping some horrible plot and saving the world like your typical RPG, but the protagonist, Velvet, doesn't care about any of that. All she care about is killing Artorious to avenge her murdered brother. Burn a town in the process? Oh well. Massacre a whole village of innocents? Shit happens. Oh, I saved the world? That's cool, I guess. The whole driving force behind the game is pure revenge; you kind of just accidentally save the world. I'm sure there are other games that focus entirely around revenge, but I've never played one with the length and depth of plot as this one or one that is as well written and presented as this one.

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The combat is fairly standard real time combat with different attacks (or artes) set to the four primary buttons and a couple of special attacks that you need a certain gauge filled to use. The combat is definitely the weakest part of the game. It's not bad, per se, but it gets repetitive and didn't really hold my attention too long. It's the combat that made flake be a turd and bail on me early on. It's enjoyable enough, but there's not an enormous amount of depth to it.

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Tales of Berseria is a competent RPG that offers a well presented story told from an unusual perspective with likable characters. The combat may not be terribly exciting, but the variety of optional side quests, the diversity of environments, and the ancillary dialogue between the characters in the field make it a game well worth playing even for those who aren't fans of the Tales series. I wouldn't say that you need to rush out right this second and pick up a copy, but if you game on PC, PS3, or PS4 and enjoy RPGs, definitely keep an eye on this one for a good price. It's a good way to spend 48 hours.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by dsheinem Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:27 pm

Why do so many of the titles of these weebo games end with -ia or -ea?
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by Exhuminator Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:37 pm

dsheinem wrote:Why do so many of the titles of these weebo games end with -ia or -ea?

'Cause it makes 'em sound fancy.
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by MrPopo Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:45 pm

dsheinem wrote:Why do so many of the titles of these weebo games end with -ia or -ea?

It's pretty much tradition with the Tales games. Almost all of them end in that sound.
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by Xeogred Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:34 pm

Berseria looks and sounds awesome to me. I am hoping it's the first Tales game that I will beat.
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by PartridgeSenpai Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:31 pm

ElkinFencer10 wrote:It wasn't quite as good as Phantasia or the first Symphonia in my opinion, but it was still an extremely good game.


What about Symphonia puts it above Berseria for you? Anything in particular, or just a general sense?
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Segata Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:54 pm

Played some of Berseria and found it awful. Just like all the Tales games since they went 3D. It's so cliche and bland stiff gameplay and just not very inspired world to explore. I was told it would be the Tales game to play if past games didn't do it for me. Well this one felt just as terrible as the rest. It's like the CoD of RPGs.
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by MrPopo Fri Oct 27, 2017 12:33 am

First 50:
1. Pokémon Moon - 3DS
2. Tony Hawk's Underground - GCN
3. Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War II: Chaos Rising - PC
4. Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War II: Retribution - PC
5. Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness - PSP
6. X-Wing: Imperial Pursuit - PC
7. Star Wars Republic Commando - PC
8. X-Wing: B-Wing - PC
9. Blazing Lazers - TG-16
10. Tales of Xillia 2 - PS3
11. Shining Force CD: Shining Force Gaiden - Sega CD
12. MUSHA - Genesis
13. Sonic CD - Sega CD
14. Final Fantasy Legend III - GB
15. Tales of Zestiria - PS3
16. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Switch
17. Horizon Zero Dawn - PS4
18. Tales of Berseria - PS4
19. Battlefield 1 - PC
20. Turok 2: Seeds of Evil - PC
21. Mass Effect Andromeda - PC
22. Starflight 2 - PC
23. Armored Hunter Gunhound EX - PC
24. Space Megaforce - SNES
25. Persona 5 - PS4
26. Torment: Tides of Numenera - PC
27. Cosmic Star Heroine - PC
28. Prey - PC
29. Strafe - PC
30. Mystic Origins - NES
31. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia - 3DS
32. Ultra Street Fighter II - Switch
33. The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky - PC
34. Ultima IV - PC
35. Environmental Station Alpha - PC
36. Dust: An Elysian Tail - PC
37. Hollow Knight - PC
38. The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky Second Chapter - PC
39. The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky the 3rd - PC
40. Call of Duty - PC
41. Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 - 3DS
42. Sonic Mania - Switch
43. Mighty Gunvolt Burst - Switch
44. XCOM2: War of the Chosen - PC
45. Metroid: Samus Returns - 3DS
46. Dishonored: Death of the Outsider - PC
47. Cuphead - Xbox One
48. Odallus - PC
49. Shenzhen I/O - PC
50. South Park: The Fractured But Whole - PC

51. Oniken - PC
52. Strife Veteran Edition - PC

Strife was the last commercial release on the Doom engine and stands as a very early example of the FPS with RPG elements. It's actually pretty impressive for the time, though parts haven't aged as well as they might like. And it has some major balance problems. Still, if you're a fan of old FPS's this is definitely worth playing.

The basic plot is a meteor crash landed and released a virus that killed a ton of people and drove a bunch more insane. The insane people started a cult and oppress people, sending the women and children hiding underground while the men form a resistance. You wander into town and join that resistance, and the rest of the game is you trying to stop this evil cult.

Now, the big thing that sets Strife apart from other games of its era is the RPG elements. The game is set up as a series of hubs that you can freely move between at any time (once you have the appropriate keys, of course). Many of these hubs have NPCs you can converse with, including the people giving you your primary missions. You also have shops available to purchase ammo, health, and armor, and after doing missions you will gain upgrades to your max health and accuracy. It ends up building on the stuff that was explored with Hexen and sets the stage for games like Deus Ex.

Another interesting thing the game does is a sort of alert system. The primary guards start off as non-hostile, and only go hostile if an alarm goes off or you start murdering people near them. This means inside towns you want to hold your fire, and some missions you can actually sort of "stealth" through. Other enemies will still attack you on sight, though, and defending yourself will tip off the guards. Again, this sort of multi-option approach will be a much bigger thing years down the road.

The weapons are mostly your standard FPS fare, and include a shitty flamethrower, helping to establish video game tradition. The interesting weapon is the Sigil, which is something you piece together over the course of the story. Each time you get a piece it gets stronger, but using it costs health (and more health the stronger it is). This weapon is required for certain boss enemies, so it's vital to keep some health packs in reserve.

The balance problems come into play with the enemies. Frankly, enemies tend to do damage MUCH too quickly. The basic foot soldier is like the gunner from Doom II in terms of DPS; the only saving grace is his AI routines are shit and he tends to only burst fire you. The spider drones similarly will buzzsaw your health at close range, while most other enemies simply do way too much damage per hit (with many times it being hitscan). If the game wasn't so generous with health packs and armor it'd be a much more frustrating experience, and near the end when my supplies were low I started needing to save mid level.

Still, this is definitely a historical game, and the Veteran Edition source port runs well on modern systems. Your fondness for the Doom engine should determine whether or not you pick this up.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by ElkinFencer10 Fri Oct 27, 2017 7:29 am

PartridgeSenpai wrote:
ElkinFencer10 wrote:It wasn't quite as good as Phantasia or the first Symphonia in my opinion, but it was still an extremely good game.


What about Symphonia puts it above Berseria for you? Anything in particular, or just a general sense?

I liked the characters and story a bit more, and the combat kept me more engaged. Granted, that may be partly bias because of my love for the Gamecube and partly nostalgia since it was my first Tales game, but it is what it is.
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