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    (Dredges up old review blog to prevent people spending money on junk)

    Good. An unbiased intro.

     

    So, I just want to preface this by saying this is a review of the re-release and not the original game. So the review is going to be pretty short and, hey, I do actually love the original release; To me, FFIX is pretty much the peak of the JRPG genre; it handled equipment/skills with more thought than its predecessors, had excellent side-content, and an iconic villain that, amazingly, is barely cringeworthy considering his near two decades old flamboyance. And since its just a re-release all that great stuff is still there. Its just everything else that's bad.

     

    So, to address the elephant in the room, how does the game look? Actually, pretty darn good. Or, the bits they touched at least. Which is just character models, and most of the cutscenes and most of the battlebacks I've encountered have been worked on too. Now, that sentence already provide two issues:

    Firstly, yes, I omitted the maps from that. Square would have you believe that Zidane and co. have selective cataracts where all sprites and objects of note (ie. chests) are in startling clarity against some blurry wasteland. I considered providing examples of the most offending maps but as this has been a subject of much controversy I'd imagine finding screenies of this shouldn't be too taxing.

    And secondly. not even the entirety of the cutscenes and battlebacks have been upgraded (a vast majority, but definitely not all) which at first notice provides shock and outrage followed by bitterness as not only did Square only do half a job of updating the graphics but they didn't even fully complete that half.

    Heck, the game still runs in 4:3 so I'm not sure if it even can be classified truly as 'HD' although in fairness it does not officially market itself as such (just in spirit ;) )

    Now, credit where its due, the character animations, in battles specifically, are wonderful. And a lot of on-map animation and design is much easier to notice, although part of that is no doubt in virtue of playing on a screen approximately three times larger than my eleven year old self was privy to. Oh and the Tetra Master cards have been touched up too which is nice.

     

    As far as the UI design. Well, they changed the menus. Can't say they're functionally, or even asthetically any better. Square clearly felt obligated to act but I just don't see why, particularly since they don't seem to have been too interested in it themselves. The cynic in me thinks the devs just wanted something you're constantly confronted with, and in confrontation with, to say 'hey, look we did do stuff so that's why you paid money'.

    There are a few much bigger afronts that overwhelm that inner voice with, err, another louder inner voice. And they're all to do with the on-map exclamation mark alerts. Firstly they are everywhere. Like, for reals. For some reason Square thought it would be a good idea to provide an alert to let you know you can talk to NPCs. It actually provides you with two so that you also know which ones are available to play Tetra Master with. Both are obviously something that sounded good in principle to somebody but should have immediately been noticed in testing as a terrible idea as you wander around Treno in a swarm of irritating bubbles. Oh, and interacting with one of these bubbles now leaves a negative of it for a few frames. Sexy ¬.¬ .

     

    The gameplay additions were actually pretty interesting, I thought; The ability to move faster, remove random encounters, and all of that. Square showed an excellent awareness of the fanbase even if they failed to understand them. See, all these features are geared towards the players who go for different kinds of perfect saves and, often, need to reach Memoria within twelve hours for Excalibur II or remain at level1 for the majority of the game. A considerable amount of the appeal of these playthroughs, ofc, being the challenge. Which these features strip away from an otherwise very easy game. In fact, Square seem to have done this compulsively, making the theatre swordfight easier to max for the first Moonstone and...a couple of other things I've forgotten in this thirtyish hour blur. You're not obligated to engage these features so there's no real harm in their addition (except that if you were to accidentally activate one you're unable to turn it back off) but its just disappointing that what is arguably the best addition with excellent intentions is inherently flawed.

     

    I'm going to end by disregarding a rule of reviewing for me. Or adding a clause to it perhaps. I hate when people bring the price into a review of a game; its an aspect that is entirely external to the piece. However, since what I've been writing about here is the disparity between two packages of the same game and not really about the game itself I'll come out and say that this is not worth the money. It just isn't. If you don't own an existing copy of FFIX then I'd say its an incredible game and you'll enjoy the heck out of it; if the re-release is the best way of accessing the game for you then so be it. But if you do own an original copy this version brings so little to the table for the price that Square is asking for (it is also rarely on sale and, so far, never generously so) that you might as well continue enjoying Kuja Trance and Steiner x Beatrix, the Lifa Tree and Chocobo's Lagoon, on your original disks because that's what the game is about, not a couple of redone character models.

     

     

  1. Yo there, I put this because I do lot heavy changed on devil boy quest gameplay, It can be good or no but who care!

    What changed?

    :DFirst! A TOOL!

    this is secret but there some kind of tool that allow you to unlock secret area contain rare item. Ex: Shovel... you need talk to a tool maker at F2 of Blacksmith in Maduin.

    a shovel can be used to unlock a ground passage (there one in Tsugi and other place too)

    #<You may say::huh:that so common in rpg game, is that all you got?>

    there are more tool, but there also consumable tool, like candle can be used to look trough dark( just add some more sight distance)

    #<You may say::huh:It's so troublesome, what if I run out of it? I'll stuck in darkness and beaten by enemy, what a pain...>

    I don't want to create crazy craft system because I'm so damn lazy to do it, in the end I just put that event overworld, let say you want make torch, then you need cut 10 wood then bring it to old man in Ilya village, Since torch is more longer and brighter than small candle.

    #<You may say::huh:What is this? I need go back very far just to get consumable tool? oh man, It's really troublesome...>

    I know that, but I make it in purpose... the lazy player might just skip make tool and just beat the game half way, yeah don't mind them as long as they enjoy it.

    #<You may say::huh:aren't you are the one who lazy?>

    Shut up. I don't want talk about that.

     

    okay there dark system-

    #<You may say::huh:ah that sound borin... there many game have that too>

    I know, but my dark system is cool they changed everytime! like real darkness

    #<You may say::huh:you just use random var or whatever is that, nothing special about it>

    That's.... hurt...

     

    Now battle system, the Mode KZL gauge is reset every battle, so It's harder to cast Limit Break Skill,

    #<You may say::huh:hey! that's cruel man! I can't beat boss without that!>

    shut up! if the gauge didn't reset you can charge it by fighting small fry after it full you release it at boss so you can have easy win!

    I change that so player have hard time defeating bosses, make it more challenging.

     

    Lexar ability

    Uh well the main hero have too much ability there might be more coming but for now...

    *Teaching! Learn enemy ability (Not all of their ability can be learned, just some of it)

    *Hand Of Madun (Steal enemy stuff, from weapon, item, money, etc)

    *Izanagi (Ability to life again (It's not like Life3 or rerais from Final Fantasy alike) but not at time he dead he revived, It's like zombie, he will dead for awhile then he back to life! so if three of them dead at same time it will result game over expect there one still alive)

    #<You may say::huh:Is this guy superman or something? he can do whatever he want>

    then I don't have tell about ability stuff, the next is co-op skill

     

    CO-OP Skill

    It's a skill that require 2 people(Lexar+other) this skill can be used when two people or more have condition, Not Death/Fallen, not under bad status that make them unable to move or seal their ability like Sleep, Stun, or Silence, have enough MP/SP, and weapon used, if this condition break then the skill will be unable to use, even after you cast it and in charge time but suddenly enemy put one of you sleep then the skill will be canceled.

    #<You may say::huh:That's hard one...>

     

    Secret in learn skill

    you may know this but in l there bunch of book about skill, they located in Library in every big town but sometime they located somewhere inside castle too.

    #<You may say::huh:Don't you have some better system about skill?>

    Of course I have but I'm too lazy to do it, what da ya want? skill tree? based on level? learn from tome? buy it from magic shop? that borin, I more like put skill in a treasure chest and hide that treasure chest in a maze, but that just way too crazy, so I make a library contain many skill book, and you need to check it with all character you have, let say there book about Ruby Blaster that can be only used by Karen, but you need to chose who read it, if you chose Lexar then no one will get the skill beside Lexar don't like read books anyway...

    #<You may say::huh:Hell there many character and many skill not only that check every book with every character?>

    It's more challenging than normal skill system wasn't it?

    #<You may say::huh:It's not challenging It's more sound annoying>

     

    Learn skill trough... other way than read books.

    I'm so lazy to make a party member fight each other in order to get special skill(CO-OP and alike) so I make it lika dramatic interview, you can found it in haunted PUB, it's not really haunted, actually It was fancy Pub covered by illusion that make it look like haunted, the trial is easy just say yes or no at the end, oh yeah I warn you, if your HP is low you will die and send to game over screen, but if you manage to survive, you will get lot's of damage, let say they do some inhuman training kind of it and get a CO-OP skill and alike.

    #<You may say::huh:This is weird training...>

    yeah I don't really care about what they do anyway...

     

    oh well that's all for now...

    (Every words after this ->:huh: is a some friend of mine thought, so don't mind it, it really useless speech, even It's make me little motivated...)

     

     

  2. The Crystal Crown [WIP]

     

    "The Crystal Crown" is a RPG game that I am currently developing with RPG Maker MV. It is set in the conworld I've been working on since I was 15.

    Something I'd like to point out from the beginning is that the game will be in Spanish, as that is my mother language.

    Anyway, below I will explain some quick facts about the game. Later, I will continue with the plot and characters:

     

    Spoiler
    • It will be a mix of a classic SNES RPG with elements such as Bethesda-like dialogs and NPCs and Souls-like item/weapons/armor descriptions.
    • The latter means that items/weapons/armors will contain some lore brackground of the world.
    • Quests won't be your typical fetch quests or things like "I lost my necklace, please go find it."
    • Quests will be complex. Some wiill have several ways to complete them, each one of it affecting the world in a noticiable way.
    • NPCs will have dialogs similar to those found in Bethesda games. I will talk more about them later on.
    • Stats. Max level: 50. Max HP: 999. Max PM: 500. Max STR, DEF etc: 99.
    • Stats names: Attack => Strength. Magic Attack => Magic. Defense => Resistance. Magic Defense => Spirit.
    • There are 9 main characters, each one with their unique Job, weapons and equipment.
    • One of the characters can be either a Druid or a Thief. The player will ultimately decide the fate of said character and if they chose Druid, another character will join as the Thief. On the other hand, if the player decides that they want the character to be a Thief, that other character will not join the party and will simply remain an important NPC.
    • There is, for now, one optional character. Whether he joins the group or not will be, again, decision of the player. I won't spoil much, but this character will be an antagonist through the game.
    • There will be Alchemists, Blacksmiths and Artificers. They will be able to improve weapons and equipment, create crystals and brew potions.
    • Characters won't be able to craft anything themselves, with the exception of the Druid, who will be able to brew potions using Alchemy.
    • The world is big and there will be a lot to explore: cities, towns, dungeons, ancient temples, forgotten ruins... inside you will find monsters, puzzles and of course, treasures.
    • There is not a single overworld map. Instead, there are several Provinces divided in a number of Regions. Each one will feature towns, places to explore and quest areas.
    • Jobs will have impact on each character. There are a set of skills only obtainable through "Job Quests", which will also grant weapons and other equipment. Players are encouraged to complete all "Job Quests". They're somewhat optional but everyone wants powerful weapons and skills, right?
    • Each character has 5 weapons, which can be improved with forge materials that can be collected through the world (mining, drops from monsters, etc). The first three weapons can be improved up to +10 and the other two up to +5.
    • The plot is not lineal: the are several branches and ways to complete the main quests. The player will have to take care of their decisions.
    • There will be romance. I'm still working on this.
    • Careful with your characters: some decisions can put their lifes in danger.

     

    This is all for now, I will explain in deth some of these features later on. Okay, let's go with the plot and the characters.

     

    SYNOPSIS

     

    Historical background
     

    Spoiler

    The Ark-Empire is going under heavy changes. Several technological discoveries such as electricity as a power source and to light the cities, machines of different purposes, etc. changed many day-to-day aspects of the Aezin society. As a consecuence, many social achievements were gained in the last years: labour unions, worker safety laws, and several other laws protecting the lower classes. All these tech and social changes affected society and a new era began: one where the old clashes with the new.

     

    Plot
     

    Spoiler

     

    The Imperial House's power is weakening and the Great Houses are very aware of it. The Novga, the power to control and command dragons has almost completely vanished and with it, any claim over the Dragon Throne, as only the Heir of the Novga can be crowned as Emperor of the Ark-Empire. The Houses are starting to forge alliances and the shadow of a civil war is growing dire...

     

    In the middle of all this, a conspiracy is born. A small group of four nobles of the now four pillars of society (the latter being the newest one): Justice, Faith, Magic and Technology are plotting agaisnt the Imperial House. They want an ancient artifact, something that has slipped history, a creation of a madman, but a powerful tool that could throw the balance of power. The Crystal Crown, a strange device that is supposed to mimic the power of the Novga.

    Several individuals, sides and of course, our protagonists, will be looking for it. Who is right and who is wrong? What is the Novga exactly? Is the Crystal Crown real? No one knows, but no one will relinquish the artifact.

     


    Chapters
     

    Spoiler

    The game is divided in several chapters. The first one is named "The Hunter".

     

    CHARACTERS

     

    All characters have their own life, story and past, which is all resolved and dealt with in their "companion quests". If the player does not want to complete them or even start them, they can miss armor, items, weapons and of course, cutscenes, dialogs and the possibility of getting a good end with the character. Similar to what the Fallout 3 and New Vegas did with companions, at the end of the game there will be a series of cutscenes with all the characters and their fates. If the player has completed their quests and keep a positive affinity with them, they will get the best ending. Of course, if you treat a character badly, do not complete his/her quest and so on, you will get a bad ending and even a death ending. To sum up: there are 4+1 possible endings for each character: Best Ending, Good Ending, Sad Ending, Bad Ending; Death Ending.

     

    [For now I will put a list of the group of characters]

     

    Main characters

     

    Araken

    Job: Monster Hunter.
     

    Narissa Fislen-Hador

    Job: Priestess of Light.
     

    Heidek Galart-Kurel

    Job: Paladin.
     

    Sherr Hirek

    Job: Druid or Thief.
     

    Asher Hirek

    Job: Expert thief.
     

    Karsten Zirak-Nakir

    Job: Knight-Judge.

     

    Xander

    Job: Velaker (like sword dancers but with a scythe).

     

    Rashana Parmak

    Job: Mage.

     

    Laani Shiref

    Job: Engineer.

     

    Secondary characters

     

    Lairen Saalei
     

    The Master
     

    The Mother
     

    Lahn Ixar

     

     

     

     

    I WILL CONTINUE WITH PLOT+CHARACTERS LATER ON, BUT FOR NOW I WILL PUBLISH THIS

     

     

  3. Here is my progress and plans for World of Chaos.

     

    FINISHED PLANS

    Dialogue Reform

    I intend to clean up the dialogue a bit and flesh the characters more. Right now, they are kind of bland; you don't want to see them.

     

    Mapping Reform

    Going to try to make the maps less box-like.

     

    PLANS

    Smarter Enemy AI

    On certain enemies, they will be given a smarter AI which is manually critiqued by me.

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    I just wanted to post and say I completed a simple sewer valve puzzle. I'm pretty proud of it.
    :D

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    Before I officially begin this review, I want to state the following: There are going to be a lot of references drawn to Tales of Zesty, since both the world of Berseria and Zesty are actually connected. That does not mean I automatically think one game is better than the other, or that I'm not treating the game fairly on the basis that it should be its own game, or some stupid shit you people come up with. Since the game is connected to a previous installment of the franchise, however, I WILL critique that based on how well it filled the plot holes left behind by Zesty.

     

    Tales of Berseria is a wonderful masterpiece of a story combined with horrific and thrown-together combat that screams afterthought. Berseria should have been a Visual Novel instead of an actual Tales game, considering how unbalanced and cheesy the combat can be. More critique on that later. I know you all are just itching for me to review this game (and by review I mean absolutely destroy and shred it) so let's get into the bulk of things. I'll break the game down into several segments, consisting of story, gameplay, quality, and replayability, and judge the game on all of these criteria.

     

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    Story:

     

    "Why do birds fly"? 

     

    This is a motif that becomes apparent throughout the game as you play Velvet Crowe. Velvet is a...we'll say "farm girl" who lives with her younger brother, named Laphicet, and her father-in-law, Arthur. The game opens with a dramatic chase scene throughout a forest as Arthur, Laphicet, and Velvet all are running away from daemons. And yes, you couldn't come up with a more unoriginal name. Arthur and crew are then stopped by some daemons along the road. Arthur fights them off with his big heroic giant sword that's seen in every anime thus far and then takes his children to underneath a nearby tree, gives them both an apple, and, to save you ten minutes of pointless exposition, tells them to be safe. Arthur then proceeds onward, but Velvet, being the curious and feisty little shit she is, doesn't listen and trails Arthur. When she arrives to where Arthur is at, she sees her older sister, Celica, floating in air as a sort of sacrifice with two giant needles of light stuck through her body. Then Arthur turns towards Velvet.

     

    And it WAS ALL A FUCKING DREAM.

     

    Like, seriously, you couldn't put any less thought into the fucking story you lazy shitheads?

     

    Anyways, time skip I think seven years later (I couldn't care less because opening with a dream sequence is probably the greatest sin in all of gaming history) where Velvet is now taking care of Laphicet in place of Velvet's older sister, Celica. Velvet completely loves Laphicet, would do anything for him in the world to see him safe and to keep him protected. The setting takes place in a farm village named Abala (If I remember correctly? Like I said I could care less) where everyone is hanging out enjoying their life and is in no way shape or form going to be turned into a monster's den of daemons somewhere in the near future-oops, spoilers.

     

    Anyways, farm village girl Velvet is pretty cute.

     

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    After about an hour of doing pointless hunting that serves no actual purpose to the story, you come home, go to bed, and realize that it has become a "Scarlet Night". This phenomenon happens once every three years, where the moon glows bright red, and that some type of God or something that people worship demands sacrifice or something, I don't really fucking know. Velvet wakes up, realizes Laphicet is nowhere to be found, and, oh wouldn't you know it, the entire village has become a monster's den. I TOTALLY DIDN'T SEE THAT COMING.

     

    Velvet runs through the village (You have to, you can't fight them, which is extreme bogus considering what happens in about five minutes or so), goes up to the cliff where the sacrifice is being held, which is the same spot where Celica was sacrificed, and Velvet sees Laphicet hanging in the air, same as Celica, with Arthur standing right below him. And then, SHUNK.

     

    That was my best sword impression.

     

    And then there's this.

     

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    Velvet then flies into a complete frenzy and tries to kill Arthur. However, Arthur, being the badass and antagonist that he is, is just no match for farm village girl Velvet. She lunges herself down into the sacrificial pit where Laphicet fell, attempting to protect him, but she gets swallowed up by a huge-ass dragon thing that looks like it came from the Seven Dragonballs. Really cool CG by the way. Anyways, Mr. Dragon man doesn't like that, spits out Velvet, and she comes back with a few extra hormones, her entire body taken over by Edginess, and a fucking badass left arm. She then proceeds to scream four thousand times as you try and fight off the daemons and ultimately Arthur, which, after wiping them all out, Velvet realizes were the other townsfolk, and flies into yet again a complete frenzy, lunging at Arthur. However, he sees past the bullshit and smacks her in the chest and down she tumbles into the bottomless pit.

     

    Timeskip three years later.

     

    You awaken in a prison island. How you got there is beyond me since on the world map Abala and Titania are in two completely different sections of the world map AND THAT REALLY FUCKING PISSES ME OFF WHY DO PEOPLE NOT KNOW ABOUT CONSISTENCY-

     

    You are greeted by someone. A malakhim. Malakhim are...let me simplify this so that it's easier to understand. They're Zesty's version of Seraphim. Pretty much.

     

    After a tense fight and a pointless tutorial about how to dodge (I'VE BEEN PLAYING TALES GAMES FOR FIVE YEARS NOW, YOU DON'T THINK I'D KNOW HOW TO DODGE AT THIS POINT-), Velvet takes the malakhim under her control and the two escape through the prison island.

     

    Oh, and, you start a prison riot in order to escape. That's pretty cool I guess.

     

    During the course of the prison riot, you find a bunch of Exorcists, commanded by Oscar, who are pretty much this game's bad guys. They use Malakhim as tools and have suppressed their free will in order for them to inevitably do their bidding. After fighting Oscar, one of these said Malakhim is like "fuck you bitch" and turns into a dragon. It's explained later on as to why they change into Dragons, but keep this word in mind: Malevolence.

     

    So you get to kill a Dragon. Woohoo.

     

    During the fight, the Dragon is too powerful to tackle alone so you team up temporarily with Oscar to take him down. Then you eat the girl that was traveling with you or something so you can become stronger or something. And no, not in that way you filthy degenerates. Then you kill a dragon. Woohoo.

     

    After that, Oscar runs away like a little bitch.

     

    Oh yeah, I forgot you run into Rokurou in the course of escaping from the prison. Also along those lines, you find a witch named Magilou (UGGGGGGGGGGHHHHH) and a sailor named Dyle. You hijack a ship from the Titania Prison Island Docks and set sail. And then you get shipwrecked.

     

    And after that you get to hear 40 hours of Velvet whining about "I don't care about anything as long as I get my revenge on Artorious (Arthur, a.k.a.)". Which goes back to a point I want to make: Revenge plots never work out. They always end with suffering and despair and ultimately, there's just a giant pitfall of sadness. With the way Velvet portrays herself in the game, where she doesn't care about anything other than getting revenge, it's honestly hard enough to care, as a player, about someone like that.

     

    Eventually, you find Eizen (does that name sound familiar to you? It should, as he's a boss in Tales of Zesty) and he's a fucking badass.

     

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    Oh yeah, and you also meet a little kid I guess who's named Number Two but after about twelve hours of him being useless Velvet decides to call him Laphicet because FUCK ORIGINALITY AM I RIGHT? Oh yeah, and also Laphicet Version 2 has a giant crush on Velvet for whatever reason. How anyone can have a crush on someone who yells "DIE DIE DIE" is utterly beyond me.

     

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    Oh yeah, and there's also an Exorcist bitch you come across periodically in your travels named Eleanor who starts out as a nuisance and quite quickly becomes my favorite character in the entire game. Not just in her story and why she chose to travel with Velvet but because she fucking rocks in combat. Despite her being very dramatic and quite a nuisance in the early game, she gradually opens up to everyone and easily becomes one of my favorite characters.

     

    Eventually, Velvet finds an answer to the million dollar question that everyone in the game seems to ask like every ten seconds. Why do birds fly?

     

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    REALLY? THAT'S YOUR RESPONSE YOU STUPID DUMB FARM VILLAGE GIRL? WAY TO MAKE MY 50 HOURS IN THE GAME COMPLETELY WORTHLESS!

     

    As you can tell, I didn't really like the story of this game all that much. Not because of the way the story was handled (it could have been done a lot better in my opinion, starting with Velvet not being so much of a bitch, for one), not because of the characters, but because...everything you do just feels pointless. You run around for 40 hours before Velvet finally realizes her quest for revenge will never fully come to fruition, and at that point, the game just takes a dramatic spiral downwards because, yes, it IS all pointless.

     

    Revenge is pointless. Don't make it the central core plot device of your game. Game Dev-ing 101 folks.

     

    About halfway through the game, after doing a quest where you have to go through an underground water temple or some shit that triggered me because it reminded me of Zestiria's Water Temple, the village along the coast, Haria, turns into a den of monsters, similar to the beginning of the game. Once you escape from the town, you soon realize something. See, there's this "disease" that everyone refers to as daemonblight. The Abbey (the big bad guys) coined this term because when you contract daemonblight, you eventually lose your senses and turn into a daemon. This isn't the case, it's all a lie. There is no such thing as daemonblight. What actually triggers people turning into daemons is malevolence. And you'll see me use this term a lot, because it ties in with Tales of Zesty. The malevolence, ill intention, and hatred that we have in our human hearts is what makes us turn into daemons, not some crazy disease spreading around. In Zestiria, those afflicted with malevolence were called hellions. In Berseria, they're called daemons. It actually sets up Zestiria's plotline really nicely as now, it makes sense. Along with that, we learn that people have started calling Velvet the "Lord of Calamity". Sound familiar? That was the final boss in Zestiria. So in essence, Berseria sets up Zestiria's plot, seeming as how Velvet is technically the very first "Lord of Calamity".

     

    Oh yeah, and Laphicet Version 2 at the end of Berseria becomes Maotelus. Maotelus, in Zestiria, is this fictional being that is designed to bring peace to the world by eating Hellions and Seraphim alike. How a little boy of 12 years of age grew to become one of the most notorious figures in Zestiria still boggles my mind, but you know. It's a game.

     

    There's also Zaveid. <3

     

    Anyways, I realized I may have went on a bit too long with the story, but don't worry, the gameplay portion will be really really short. Mainly because you'll read the first sentence and I will have wrapped up the entire sum of gameplay for Berseria. So don't worry. It at least had a somewhat better story than Zestiria, bottom line.

     

    Overall: 7.5/10.

     

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    Gameplay:

     

    The gameplay sucks.

     

    Yeah, you didn't think you would be hearing that coming from a Tales game, would you? The massive pioneers of putting great gameplay before anything else, right?

     

    No, the gameplay actually sucks in this game.

     

    Granted, it did SOME things right with the actual MECHANICS of the system, like how you're not stuck to a line anymore and can freely move around the battlefield. In a 3D environment. Not like Zestiria did it. Your arte skills are also no longer bound to which direction you push the analog stick, and instead, all four of your face buttons to a different attack. This makes combat a lot more fluid, intuitive, and feel actually wonderful to play.

     

    ...Until you get to the actual reason why the gameplay sucks.

     

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    At the start of each fight, you get 3 souls. They're the little blue diamonds in the corner of everyone's portrait. You can upgrade your souls as you fight by inflicting Power Hits, inflicting Stuns on an enemy, performing a Perfect Dodge and getting Souls that way, or just straight killing the guys. Out of all four of those options, only one of them is really a consistent means of upgrading your Souls. When you inflict a Power Hit on an enemy (using moves that hit an opponent's weakness), they take more damage. If you manage to hit all of the opponent's weaknesses, it starts a Chain. When an enemy is under a Chain, they're more susceptible to being Stunned. However, even if you manage to Stun an enemy, there's no guarantee you'll actually get a Soul for all of the hard work that you put in. It's completely random. Same with getting a Perfect Dodge. As you can see in the screenshot, I managed to Perfect Dodge and a Soul popped out. Yet, it's completely random on how these things work out.

     

    So you might be asking why is this a bad thing, you might ask?

     

    There are abilities you get throughout the game that take advantage of how many souls you have. By expending a Soul, you unlock a move that is more powerful than the rest of your moves (in the case of Velvet). But you can only use these moves if you have more than 2 Souls. Since you start off with 3, you can only use it once before you inflict a Stun, dodge perfectly, inflict a Chain attack, or beat the fucker to a pulp. Not only that, they are your primary source of healing. Remember that as I move along to this next section.

     

    So you might be asking why is this a bad thing, you might ask?

     

    There are some enemies in the game who like to start with a certain skill, called "X Break", where X is the most annoying status ailment you can think of given your particular situation. Not only do these incredibly powerful attacks have a wide area of effect and inflict Status Ailments, they Break your Guard if you try to Guard, AND reduce your Souls immediately. Tell me that's not a bogus idea to not only inflict Paralyze, but also reduce your ability to fight and heal for almost every single party member unless you happen to miraculously dodge at JUST the right time. Remember how I said before that Break Souls are your primary source of healing? Yeah, Healing Artes in this game are fucking useless. Oh, here, take this First Aid spell that heals you for 20 damage.

     

    ...

     

    I don't think I need to explain any more than I already have.

     

    Ultimately, the gameplay wears itself down to, if you can get all the enemies in a corner and wail on them with all of your best attacks, accumulate a shit ton of Souls, and spam RT as it is the most powerful attack at your disposal, you'll win and be fine. But take note that enemies can also Stun you just the same as you can to them, and when that happens...well remember this. If you get Stunned, not only do you lose a Soul but you take more damage as long as you are Stunned. And, as if by some miraculous exploitation of Artifical Intelligence, as soon as you are Stunned, ALL OF THE ENEMIES in the fight will run up to you and start hitting you immediately. And then you're dead.

     

    That's not fun at all. That's unbalanced.

     

    Granted it's unbalanced for both sides as you can get everyone into a corner and hit them like a punching bag, which is what this game's strategy is, but it's also unbalanced because enemies have these particularly powerful and unbalanced moves like "X Break" or Soul Burst (gives them additional Souls while you lose Souls) that you can't do anything about. It ruins the fun and adds artificial difficulty to a game with a broken ass gameplay system.

     

    You know, looking back on it now, Tales of Zestiria's combat system was way more fun than Berseria's, even though you were locked to a linear battle system. You know why? BECAUSE IT WORKS. There weren't broken enemies who spammed X Breaks or Soul Bursts or did overly insane amounts of damage.

     

    And this is all on Simple mode by the way. I got so fed up with combat that I just said fuck it and blazed through the fights because I absolutely hated the combat in this game. The first time I can say I was incredibly incredibly disappointed with a game's combat system.

     

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    You get Mystic Artes quite early in the game, actually, at about 8 hours in and like when you're Level 10. And I know that's what all of you came here for, right? To see Velvet's bright and shiny face light up when she does a Mystic Arte?

     

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    There are some other gameplay aspects I'll go into here but FIRST. Mystic Arte showcase.

     

    ...

     

    DAMN IT, I DIDN'T TAKE ONE OF SPIRAL HAIL GDI-

     

    Needless to say, Eizen's "Perfect Mayhem" and Eleanor's "Spiral Hail" are among the top two of my Mystic Artes in this game. Both of them are just so amazing and I have nearly fallen over out of my chair pretending to stab something as if I'm Eleanor. Oh, and punching the air is pretty fun, too.

     

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    Like in the previous game, you can upgrade your equipment. The amount of skills and battle prowess you get from upgrading your equipment can drastically change how fights work. For example, if you upgrade your equipment enough, you may get extra BG, which is needed to activate Mystic Artes, or gain extra Souls at the start of combat. However, the shortcoming of this is you have to go into the shop menu to disassemble items you don't want or don't need anymore. From those dismantled equipments you can get various materials used to upgrade equipment. However, if you've been grinding in a certain place for hours on end and you have about 100 pieces of equipment in each category, like I ended up having once, you have to spam the A Button in order just to get through all 100 pieces of torturous equipment. And by that point, your thumbs probably already hurt because you're mashing the buttons in combat just to have a chance. So, while it's a good system, it has quite a few shortcomings associated with it.

     

    There's, umm...there's card games.

     

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    I'm gonna be honest, I spent almost zero time playing the minigames. They're just pointless. And they are extremely confusing to understand, especially Card Heroes, like pictured above.

     

    But I guess if you wanna waste your time, go ahead.

     

    So the main bulk of gameplay is basically get beat up, die a lot, get frustrated, stop playing the game for about a week, suck it up, do it again, miraculously do 100000 damage in a single hit because what the fuck Velvet is OP, and then fly through combat.

     

    Disappointing gameplay.

     

    OH, BUT YOU DO GET A SKATEBOARD-I mean, A GEOBOARD THAT LOOKS LIKE A SKATEBOARD!

     

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    Gameplay: 4.5/10

     

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    Quality:

     

    This game was rushed. It's painfully obvious and Namco Bandai didn't even bother to cover up that fact.

     

    Take the following skit for example:

     

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    And yes, skits are back as usual.

     

    But look at the following text. The voice actor for Eizen, however, ends up saying something completely different, something along the lines of "And what's wrong with having some dreams? It's a great opportunity you have. You all just don't get it."

     

    And this just doesn't happen once. It happens A LOT. Like, it's like the script for the game and what the voice actors are saying are completely different. It's like Namco Bandai gave the script to the actors incomplete and just said "Ad-Lib the parts we didn't fill in because we're too lazy for that and it isn't our first priority."

     

    Remember when annual games used to be good?

     

    However, I can't say that the voice acting in the game was all that terrible. Most of you have probably seen this scene floating around on Youtube, but it perfectly showcases just how well Velvet's VA nailed the character in question.

     

     

    Probably one of the best delivered scenes in the entire game in my opinion. But unfortunately, it doesn't overshadow all of the other problems regarding how rushed the game was regarding skits, scenes, and "lost in translations" the game got.

     

    Quality: 6/10.

     

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    Replayability:

     

    Yeah, yay, New Game +.

     

    Why the fuck would I want to play through this garbage game again?

     

    Replayability: 0/10.

     

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    Now, it's time for the final wrap-up. In this section, I'll detail if this game is truly one for you, and if you should decide to play it or not.

     

    Would I recommend this game?:

     

    No. It's not good, honestly. If the combat were to be completely gutted from the game and the story to be the main drive and focal point, with a bit of better execution, I probably would have liked it more. I've played games with a good story with slightly less good gameplay (Nights of Azure), but this game's gameplay is just downright ridiculous. Stay away from this one.

     

    Overall rating of the game: 4.5/10. Terrible.

     

    Now take some music or some shit, I don't care.

     

     

  5. Purple Phantom
    Latest Entry

    The test subject in question was a girl of about 15. Due to an incident involving some bioweapons rather recently, she'd lost the ability to walk. She'd been taken into the underground facility and put into lockdown, in case any other symptoms arose. Charlie glanced at her colleague.

    "Are you sure about this?" she asked him. He smiled that daring smile of his, brushing his nearly white hair back with his fingers.

    "I'm sure," he replied charismatically, "This girl will no-longer be wheelchair-bound once this kicks in."

    Charlie sighed, hoping he was right. She watched as he strode into the room and talked to the girl, then injected her with the syringe of liquid. Nothing happened...

    ...Minutes passed...

    ...And then, the girl stood up.

  6. So today I'm gonna talk about how TOD 3 is gonna be 10x more fun than the first 2 Games.

     

    But before we begin, I know I harp on the first 2 Games like they are trash and not worth playing, but there's is a legitimate reason as to why these 2 Games are the way they are. And as much as I tell myself that they could be improved upon, they aren't really that bad! It's just something you can do a 1st time Playthrough of and never play it again.

    But the reason, why they are so lackluster is actually a little complicated and has a lot to do with the 3rd Game as well.

     

    tl;dr. Basically symbolism and laziness.

     

    !Spoilers... kinda for the whole TOD series ahead!

     

    So... these 3 Games represent the 3 Alignment Types. The first Game representing being a Good Guy, the second one being a Bad Guy (Though that is extremely vaguely explained) and the 3rd one being Neutral.

    The Neutral Route being non-linear, symbolises that you have choices and can go whereever you please and whatever you can do.

    In the first Game Tod was determined to finish off the bad guy and he didn't care about anything else. After the defeat of the bad guy, Tod knew what he has done and didn't hesitate to take the killing blow. Killing the bad guy in the first Game is essentially killing off the entire Universe, because the bad Guy is actually the Creator of this whole thing. After you've killed him, the Universe slowly starts to vanish and will disappear in roughly 3000 years.

    After that, Tod didn't really know what to do and just started rampaging and started killing lots of Monsters that were getting in his way slowly but surely turning a bit mad.

    But at the REAL end of TOD 2, his Bro told him a lil' about his own past and told Tod to "calm down, Bro". He also told that his Home is still out there and that his Home isn't fully dead yet.

    Tod being calmed down and determined to face the consequences of his actions in the past. (He murdered all of his Friends and Family in his Home, because the bad guy of the 1st Game told him to do so.)

    And that's where TOD 3 begins. After that you can make lots of choices to redeem yourself or finish it off for good, or just do the right thing.

    That or i'm just lazy to make actual good Games...

     

    Now you know!

     

    So what exactly will TOD 3 do in terms of variety?

    Alright... check this shit out:

     

    -Negotiation/Interactions with the Monsters

    This probably will mostly determine your future in this Playthrough, so you'll be doing this a lot maybe... probably... or not.

    Monsters will have Traits of their own and you can decipher the Traits with your Scan Ability. You will also have access to the Talk Skill which let's you choose to interact with certain Monsters and try to do what they wish from you.

    Once you talk to them, you will be given choices on what to do. If the Choice is met with the Trait of the Monster (I.e. if the Monster Trait is Honest, tell the truth, or if it's Funny, tell a Joke, etc.), you two may get along and you will either receive prices, money, information, etc.

    There aren't JUST good traits though... there also will be bad and Neutral traits for Monsters as well.

    The bad traits are handled differently. You will have to fight the bad trait monsters, but of course not until you kill them, but until you hit them with certain skills. (I.e. if they have the trait Fearless, hit them with their weakness or if their trait is pessimistic, hit them with something they absorb, etc.)

    Neutral ones will be rare and will have HIGH rewards. They are regarded as very wise and will be difficult to convince. Their Traits will have special ways to convince them.

     

    Here are the Traits for each Group:

     

    GOOD Traits (Indicated by Blue Names)

    Honest = Tell the Truth

    Kind = Show Care

    Funny = Show your Funny Bone

    Optimistic = Show you see potential in the Future

     

    BAD Traits (Indicated by Red Names)

    Fearless = Hit their weakspot

    Confident = Hit them with whatever

    Pessimistic = Hit them with what they absorb

    Wild = Survive the Battle until he's had enough

     

    NEUTRAL Traits (Indicated by Green Names)

    Persuasive = ???

    Ambitious = ???

    Informed = ???

    Authoritative = ???

     

    -Keywords

    Remember Final Fantasy 2?

    No... not for the SNES but for the Famicom.

    Remember how that had a neat Keyword Mechanic and how almost every NPC reacted to the Keywords (To be Fair, most of their responses were "?" lol)

    I will implement that and have every NPC tell you something about every Keyword.

    You will receive a bunch of stuff if you say certain Keywords to certain NPCs.

     

    -Mini Games

    lol for those that just wanna fuck around. (I saw a Touhou sort of Script for VX... i might throw that in, just for lolz)

     

    -Side Stories

    Remember your Friends? That one Robot dude, that Abomination with just one eye and a Silent Puppet? Yeah... they were kinda there in the first 2 Games.

    I'll give them proper Stories in the 3rd, but only if you want to.

    This will be completely Optional for each route, but you will receive something for it, don't worry.

    I'll also not forget about the NPCs, i'll give each one a lil' bit of Backstory and Character.

     

    -5 Endings.

    5? Why not 3?

    Ok, so i kinda hated how Undertale handled the 3 different Routes with their endings.

    Like, let's say if you kill EVERY monster and like hit Metatton not hard enough you will get the neutral ending... that made sense...

     

    There will be more variation in the endings you approach.

    -True Pacifist Ending

    Never killing anything.

    -Pacifist Ending

    Never killing anything, but also not really helping out anyone.

    -Neutral Ending

    Kill some Monsters.

    -Mad Ending

    Killing a bit too much...

    -Death Ending

    Killing everyone.

     

    Is this going to be too much for me? Is this just a promise I will never keep? Am i a madman who has way too much Time?

    You tell me, i don't really know.

    Either way, i will inform you once i'm done with the Game.

     

    Cheers, fam! ~Shin

  7. Been getting a lot done recently. Expanded your ghost town to have another level, as well as a new building, the barracks. Essentially, the ghosts you assign there will add to your town´s military force. (which lowers the enemy tech rate and their strength during raids)

     

    Which is another new feature, raids. If the enemy tech gets too high, they will attack towns in the game. If that town is not saved in time, then it is permanently destroyed. That said, it´s a very late game feature, and those on normal, or even decent players on hard, will be more than fine. It´s only those on nightmare that have to kind of worry about it. But even then, it´s nothing to be overly concerned with. Just more like, aware. I don´t want there to be a major time crunch of any kind. You got about 40 hours on normal until the first raid shows up, give or take performance. Hard is about 30, and nightmare is about 20. Again, you got plenty of time.

     

    Also, I´ve redone all fights to the hollows arena, made travelling into the infinite hotel become increasly harder and harder, and I finally added a small misc questline for your ghost town bar.

     

    Anyways, back to work. Gonna do 1 or 2 more towns attacks, and then I´m gonna start working on these enemy bases.

     

    This September update is going to be huge.

  8. Hey nosy blog reader~

     

    Just found my old concepts for one of my main charries from Tales of Eadris and wanted to give you all a laugh.

    This also shows my lack of creativity... ToE is a medievil-esque fantasy genre RPG.

     

     

    This was my first ever concept for Leina, a quiet girl. Very meh.

     

     

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    Okay, yea, bad design haha.

     

     

    My next design was;

     

     

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    I like this design to be honest, but considering the game type/genre... this outfit doesn't really fit in...

    Also, can you tell I like Tomb Raider? xD

     

     

    My final design was;

     

     

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    Her entire design changed, as well as her race. She originally was a simple human, but became an Elven hunter/thief.

     

     

    I also had a similar... phase... with Faeona. Her original design was stupid. I don't have the old file anymore, but trust me on it. She looks better now.

    Marina's design came so nicely. I got her design pretty well based for her first design and her final was just a detailing of the original. I love Marina <3

     

     

    What similar stages did you guys come across?

    Are you still developing your characters?

    What characters are you having most trouble with?

    Is there a favourite amongst your cast you just can't help but like more than the rest?

    Find out next time, on Dragon Ball Z!

  9. As one can see, I'm a very fragile individual, capable of going to pieces at the slightest provocation.

     

    There really is no cure or treatment for this short of immaculate and constant love and affection, which is a harem-based fairytale that is unrealistic, so I'll likely never heal, but I'll be damned if Joe Jackass Motherfucking Cuntwipe Hackershithead gets to win because he was able to screw myself and someone else through their mischief.

     

    This debacle has scarred me, and since there is no chance of healing it...

     

    This broken doll is going away.

  10. BY READING PASS THIS, YOU AGREE YOU ARE MATURE ENOUGH TO HANDLE THIS!

     

    Harmony is a new robot/doll that came out. It's main purpose is to be Sex Bot or is also referred to as Sex Doll. However, the company took it up a notch (well, maybe a lot of notches) as it now has artificial intelligence that's actually pretty cool.

     

    "Harmony smiles, blinks and frowns. She can hold a conversation, tell jokes and quote Shakespeare. She’ll remember your birthday, what you like to eat, and the names of your brothers and sisters. She can hold a conversation about music, movies and books. And of course, Harmony will have sex with you whenever you want."

     

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    This is how she looks. She will be on the market for $15,000.

    The reviews for it (from what I was told) are a lot of people who are...

    1. Guys not good in social skills

    2. Friendzoned guys

    3. Guys who gave up on dating

    4. Mentally Ill people

    5. People whose girlfriends/wives have died and they can't get over it

    6. Couples who want the fantasy threesome

    7. Lesbians

    8. Straight women who want to experiment

     

    I am for it; I feel if yo want it then you can have it. One complaint was that rapists would use this to cope with their "rapiness" (idk how to explain) which is kinda dumb because I would rather a rapist have sex with a robot/doll then doing it to an actual person.

     

    Another complaint was that it reinforces the idea that women are just there for their bodies. I will make the argument that people will always cherish relationships with other people, even other women (unless they are sexist). And you can't act like women don't have dildos. Yes, they don't talk, but if they did, I doubt that argument would be made again. Considering Harmony is really new, it will be time before they make a guy version.

     

    While on this argument, the add-on argument was that its the "perfect date" and men can pretend to care for human interaction with a woman. Let me tell you, Harmony could be everyone. What that tells me is that you can't hold a conversation, can't be talked to about music, movies, etc., you won't remember his birthday, you never remember what he likes to eat, and you won't ever have sex with him. Any boyfriend, girlfriend, wife, or husband can be that. Heck, best friends have most of that except for sex (usually).

     

    Like anything, off-topic subjects always ends up somehow getting into everything. For example, the argument I just told you about came from a Feminist, so therefore, the Anti-Feminists came in. Part of what the Feminist said was that feminism is to show women don't need men. Anti-Feminists said "and men don't need women." Generally, the Anti-Feminists (including women) were saying "keep your dildos, you don't need men; do what you do. We will do what we do." And, I'm not going to lie, I don't even know what the Feminists are trying to do. Women got sex machines, vibrating dildos, squirting dildos, so I don't get how there is no outrage on that. *shrug*

    So there is a social and moral question to whether the Sex Bot is right. I believe, in both counts, that it is right and that it should be in the market. Now, I'm not saying put it in the bread section of Walgreens; if I had to guess, it'll be order online only because I don't see a store putting that in public with a sign like "Sex Doll for $15,000!."

     

    With all of that, are you for or against the idea of sex dolls to this extent? Explain why on the moral and social standard. Then, if your closest friend had one, how would you react? What will you say or do, and why?

  11. Lord Vectra
    Latest Entry

    One problem I have with certain people is when they wrongfully use the term, "Anti-Black."

     

    As a black man, I'm not against blacks. I go for the side of which I believe is right as should everyone. I am totally against riots, unnecessary behavior, and the killing of anyone no matter the race.

     

    Recently, there has been chaos within a particular college. I said their behavior was completely unacceptable. They cornered faculty members, threatened teachers, ganged up on school officials. The thing that triggered all of this was an email. Some black guy sent an email to create an event that was made to stop whites from coming to college on a particular day. This was sent to a white guy and he said he will not be participating because he views it as an act of oppression. He was branded racist and all this stuff started happening,

     

    I said their behavior was unacceptable. I was branded, by my own father, as Anti-Black. Apparently, I was against my race because I was against blacks who ran around a college terrorizing teachers and faculty members. Apparently, I don't being black anymore and I'm proud of it all because I say its unacceptable.

     

    I've been called Anti-Black, White-lover, and Cracker-lover. I don't like whites who hate blacks just like how I don't like blacks that hate whites. I don't side with blacks just because they are black. I side with who is right no matter the color. If a bunch of blacks rioted and killed 6 people, I'm against it. If a bunch of whites rioted and killed 6 people, I'm STILL against it. I don't differentiate my judgment based on skin color. If I am Anti-Black for saying the black rioters' behavior was unacceptable, then so be it (The blacks in the college didn't riot; I was just using riots as an example).

     

    So for anyone who is like me, and not just Anti-Black but anything else that has a similar effect, stand for what YOU believe in because, at the end of the day, you have to be happy with who you have become. If you are the only person on Earth that believes what you believe, then I advise you believe in it even if it means you are standing alone. Any great idea, any original idea, and especially any unpopular ideas need to backed up by you.

  12. (Been thinking of this for a while, ever since I saw what Flowey says if you start the game after a true pacifist ending, but I felt like writing it out. Really just using Undertale to explore a concept here though.)

     

    Hey...

     

    Look, I know what the flower said. Everyone is got their happy ending. To go back on that, to rip them out of the timeline and take them back would ruin that. You should know by now, the other possibilities? They aren't so happy. And somethings taint you, somethings are inescapable. Even if you cheat, you still would know you did it. Maybe you don't care. So yeah, taking away that happy ending seems more then a little cruel.

     

    But... Something's bugging you isn't it? Maybe more then one something. Maybe not least of all that happy or not this is still a ending. Yeah, you could leave everyone to their happy life. Except... Can you? What happens to the characters when the story is over? How do you even know if they are really happy? Or heck are even still really there? This is the end of the timeline for you... what if it's the end for everyone else too? Just frozen visions of moments and... nothing after. And really, not everyone is happy, The Empty Vessel, The Jester of Sorrow, The Scion of Hatred, The Forgotten, where is their happiness?

     

    The future isn't written yet, maybe it never will. This is where time stops. Maybe all stories must end. You can go back, to try and rip through reality, find secrets that may not exist. I wouldn't really blame you, even if others might. Isn't that better then a frozen future even if it causes pain? Maybe. Or...

     

    Or... You could look at another path in the void of possibilities, maybe even write a future yourself. Go beyond the timeline you knew, You aren't the only one looking. Maybe, just maybe, if all of you keep a light burning, someday a new path will open forward. All stories must end. Or so they say. But for every ending maybe a seed for a new beginning is planted.

  13. May 31, 2017

    • Finished writing and coding the states (mostly inspired by Final Fantasy Tactics). We categorize all states into three: positive, negative and neutral states.
      • Positive states benefit the user.
        • Regen heals 12.5% of Maximum HP each turn. Characters with this status will be tinted bright cyan.
        • Protect reduces physical damage taken by 33% of the expected damage (the damage reduced is the expected damage, that is, the damage that is sent to the keyboard input window for modifying, not the damage after being modified by the input window)
        • Shell reduces magical damage taken by 33% of the expected damage.
        • Haste increases the speed of the character by 150%, re-arranging their turn in the game's internal action list order. Hastened characters animate faster.
        • Manaregen heals 12.5% of Maximum MP each turn. Characteres with this status will be tinted bright orange.
        • Manasave reduces MP cost of magics by 33%.
        • Manashield substitute MP instead of HP when taking damage, happens when MP > 1, (Bravery)% of the time.
        • Bubble doubles the character's maximum HP as long as the character is affiliated with this status.
        • Defending is automatically applied when you select Guard from the actor action menu. Reduces the expected damage from both physical and magical attacks.
        • Invisible will render your character unseen and prevent them from being targeted by the enemy. Aside of that, while invisible, any keystrokes sent to the keyboard input window will be considered correct, further supporting 100% action success rate while invisible.

        [*]Negative states harm the user.

        • KO basically is the state applied to anyone dead/knocked-out.
        • Poison decreases 12.5% HP at the end of each turn. The character sprite will be toned dark green.
        • Blind will make the text we need to input at the input window invisible (meaning that you'll be presented by a blank input window and have to figure out the keys by bashing keyboard letters).
        • Silence will hinder you from using magics, speechcraft, bardsong and basically anything that involves speaking, including ACTing.
        • Confusion will make your character act deliriously and attack anyone.
        • Sleep will hinder your character from getting a turn and increases the damage taken.
        • Paralysis will prevent your character from acting. His step animation will be stopped.
        • Stun is when a shock damage is applied and the character is temporarily stunned to the ground. The character's step animation will be stopped.
        • Vampire is also considered a death state. Once a vampire, the character will drain anyone's HP, either enemy or ally, and inflict them with the Vampire status. A party loses if all of the members are vampires. The character will be tinted pale magenta.
        • Charm allures your unit, forcing them to attack allies instead of enemies.
        • Oil doubles fire damage taken. The character will be tinted slightly black.
        • Stone means your character is petrified. A party loses if all of the members are petrified. The character will stop animating and stand still while its sprite is tinted completely gray.
        • Slow downs your movement speed to 50%. The character's walking animation will slow down.
        • (to be continued)

        [*]Neutral states neither benefit nor harm the user. [To be written tonight]

      [*]Re-wrote the weapons (some description errors and some imbalanced formulas). I've also added dual wielding capability to some projectile weapons (four crossbows, all types of handguns and sub-machine guns). Projectiles can only be dual-wielded with melee weapons or other projectiles of the same type (you can dual-wield knife and bowgun, but you can't dual wield bowgun and pistol). Furthermore, dual-wielding two projectile weapons will use two bullets (and more if you're using a machine pistol) each time you launch an attack.

      [*]Started concepting the armors.

  14. oichidan
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    Alright, so... I know there are many scripts about weapon powers out there, but I wrote something for use within my project. Please feel free to use it the way you'd like to.

     

    Features:

    • A new parameter: Weapon Power (WP). Define each weapon and armor's 'weapon power' by note-tagging in the database.
    • Rewrite performance considerations by factoring the weapon power into the equation, meaning that when we select 'optimize', weapon power will also be considered.

    Here's the code. As always, insert it below the materials section above Main. Place it on top of scripts that will depend on 'wp'.

     

     

    # WEAPON POWERS# ------------------------ oichidan | 2017# Originally intended for use within #TMoJ RPG# Description# This script adds a new property 'wp' in the RPG::Weapon class. Each weapon and armor will now# have weapon power parameter specified by note-tagging in the database. The weapon power will also# be factored when optimizing equipment and can be used in damage equations as well.# This script is meant to be used in RPG Maker VX Ace.# Notetags (Place it in weapon and armors)# 1. <WEAPON POWER: xx>#    Sets the weapon/armor 'weapon power' to xx.#    We can also use weapon_power, WP, wp, WEP, wep, and weapon power, #    case insensitive, instead of WEAPON POWER in the notetag format above.# Usage# 1. Obtain the equipment by using (Game_Actor).equips[0] for the weapon, [1] for the second slot#    (if dual-wield), and other numbers you're using as to place your equipment slots.#    For example, in a damage equation: a.equips[0] refers to the topmost weapon equipped#    (in case you're using 'vanilla' RPG Maker VX Ace, that is, the equipment slots have yet to#     be modified).# 2. Reference the weapon power with the 'wp' or 'power' property.#    a.equips[0].wp refers to the weapon power equipped in the topmost equipment slot of the actor.#    REMINDER: the 'wp' parameter will be invalid if:#    - The weapon power has not been set#    - The actor is not equipping any weapons#    At such cases, exceptions will raise.# Note: The 'wp' property is read-write, meaning that you -can- change its value mid-game.# Here's the script. Feel free to use it the way you'd love to.# There are still errors here and there, but if this eventually comes of use, I'm glad.# You are not required to credit me at anyway, and you're free to use it in commercial games.# But if you do, I'd really appreciate it. Credit me as 'oichidan' or 'Aldian Hudaya',# and the copy of the game would be much appreciated, too.# Cheers! -oichidan | Aldian Hudaya# -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------module DataManager    class <<self; alias load_database_wp load_database; end    def self.load_database      load_database_wp      load_notetags_wp    end        def self.load_notetags_wp      for weapon in $data_weapons        next if weapon.nil?        weapon.load_notetag_wp      end      for armor in $data_armors        next if armor.nil?        armor.load_notetag_wp      end    end      endclass RPG::Weapon < RPG::EquipItem  attr_accessor :wp  alias :power :wp    def load_notetag_wp    wep = 0    self.note.split(/[\r\n]+/).each { |line|      case line        when /<(:WEAPON_POWER|weapon_power|WP|wp|WEP|wep|WEAPON POWER|weapon power):[ ](\d+)>/i          wep = $2.to_i          @wp = wep      end    }  end    # Overwrite: Performance  def performance    self.wp + params[2] + params[4] + params.inject(0) {|r, v| r += v}  end  endclass RPG::Armor < RPG::EquipItem  attr_accessor :wp  alias :power :wp  def load_notetag_wp    wep = 0    self.note.split(/[\r\n]+/).each { |line|      case line        when /<(:WEAPON_POWER|weapon_power|WP|wp|WEP|wep|WEAPON POWER|weapon power):[ ](\d+)>/i          wep = $2.to_i          @wp = wep      end    }  end    # Overwrite: Performance  def performance    self.wp + params[0] + params[1] + params[3] + params.inject(0) {|r, v| r += v}  endend

     

     

     

    Some damage formulas created by using weapon power (though creativity -is- limitless):

     

    # Some damage formulas using the 'wp' property and the weapon power script. # Inspired heavily by Final Fantasy Tactics: War of The Lions (Square Enix).# Place the damage formula below in the damage formula textbox in the database.# Reminder: - Set the weapon power for each weapon accordingly.# There are many a thousand ways or more to implement different skills for different weapons,# or at least different formula for different kinds of weapon attacks. The formulas presented# below are merely things that might inspire you in creating damage formulas that differs for each# weapon.# For the other hand in a dual-wield weapon, a.equips[0] becomes a.equips[1].# KNIFE, LONGBOW(a.atk + a.agi) / 2 * a.equips[0].wp# SWORD, CROSSBOWa.atk * a.equips[0].wp# FLAIL, AXErand(a.atk) * a.equips[0].wp # rand(x) means to generate a random number from 0 to x.# NINJATOa.agi * a.equips[0].wp# STAFFa.mat * a.equips[0].wp# PISTOLa.equips[0].wp**2 # The same as a.equips[0].wp * a.equips[0].wp# BOOK(a.mat + a.atk) / 2 * a.equips[0].wp# The possibilities are limitless! 

     

     

     

    The comments box below are open for further discussions. Ideas, suggestions, critiques and feedback are always welcome! <3

  15. Tarq
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    I've been posting a bit about baking recently so here's some pics of the goodies.

     

    These are the first attempt.The welshcakes came out a little burned obv T.T but everything tasted pretty good.

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    These are the second batch of shortbread. Had a little dough left over hence the Pacman shaped one.

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    These were the cookes that became brownies. To make them the soft chewy kind I used brown sugar and self-raising flour, but yeah, came out too big.

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    And these are the last things I baked. A second batch of welsh cakes that came out looking a lot better than the first.

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  16. For those of you who don't know, Aftermath: Gears of Hope is the ambitious first installment of a three-part series. I've had this idea in my head for a world in which cyborgs are the minority for some time, now. However, the original theme, backdrop, etc. of the game have all changed drastically. In this post, I will explain the origins of the idea, how it has changed and what you can do to help me make this game a reality.

     

    How it all began and how it has changed

    Many years ago, I was thinking to myself, "What about a world where the cyborgs were a minority?" This idea sat for a while, before I started making some kind of concept. I, of course, started with the history (which has changed since those days). Funnily enough, the original concept was simultaneously bigger and smaller than what I'm making, today - it only had one ending, but it took place in a large futuristic city. It eventually turned into a town, then a single building and finally, a small campus town. I ironed out the story, as well. I remember when I first brought the idea to the forum - you were a cyborg, you attended a school, nobody liked cyborgs, save for one person who would help you, so don't get found out. Good luck. Since then, I've come up with multiple endings, very detailed characters and several in-world truths you can discover about each and every character - including the MC. What you could call the final concept for the game actually came around last year - about the time I posted the game's post in Games In Progress.

     

    How you can help

    In my experience, not many people are really willing to help somebody with a project of this size for just getting their name in the credits and getting a full copy of the game on the release date of the demo. I've offered my own services and people still say no. I've come to the conclusion that I need to actually pay people to help. I know I won't be getting this game done any time soon. I can also see that the interest in the game is beginning to fade. I've even been accused of abandoning the project altogether. this isn't the case - it's just that the project is so overwhelming that one person simply couldn't pull it off. However, I don't have much money. I can't just pay people money I don't have. So, instead of taking ten years to make a game, I'm going to try a different approach. I'm going to open art commissions to make money to pay people to help me out with the game. Originally, I was going to do this for the sole purpose of getting money to buy myself a new computer and help my Mum out with bills, but I've realized that I simply can't make this game without the help of others and others won't help me unless I pay them. When I get my art references done, I'll get the commission shop started. There's absolutely no guarantee I'll get money, but it's all I've got at this point.

     

    AREAS I NEED HELP IN:

    Eventing - This is more or less what needs the most work, so I'll need the most people in this category.

    Mapping - My maps are dull and uninteresting. I need help with that.

    Background Artist - I can draw people like nobody's business. I can't draw backgrounds. Since I'll only be able to have one art style, I'll need at least one person to help me out with this. The more the better, so that if somebody quits for some reason or another, I'll have people on backup.

    Move Routes - More or less, I don't like designing long move routes. Not a necessary position, but I'd like someone to help.

    Testers - This is the position I expect won't have any trouble being filled. Everybody here loves playing games (or why else would you be making them?).

     

    Where we go from here

    Without making the game less than I'd like, the game certainly won't be out by Christmas of this year, like I had planned. In the mean time, I do plan on working not only on Aftermath, but other projects to keep you entertained while you wait. I want to keep the game alive while it's made and its release is anticipated.

     

    WHAT I HAVE PLANNED:

    Videos explaining various parts of the game.

    Smaller games (often within the Aftermath universe).

    Short stories and small (written) views into the cutscenes.

    Character and character concept art.

     

    In the mean time, thank you for following the development of Aftermath: Gears of Hope.

  17. Been a while, I think the following topic is actually quite timeless since sadly it will keep happening. Let me tell you...

     

     

     

    Why i Hate: Things shutting down

     

    Not a very crystal clear title i agree but you'll get the point. Lets start with something recent, the Nintendo Switch is released now and along with it a new Online Service is released, what that means is that the already existing Online service for the Nintendo Wii U and/or probably the Nintendo 3DS is different and not supported on the Switch but here's the catch. Now with the new service inbound the old service is endangered, meaning that god knows how long will it take till they shut it down and then you will no longer be able to do, well anything online really. "Wait a minute, how are you so certain that they will shut down these online services" Remember Nintendo WI-FI? Well its been dead for quite a while although this has more to do with Gamespy shutting down but hey, same thing one day it was simply killed off without warning or intention of bringing in an alternative.

     

    So why would this happen? Because sadly this is how the console world works nowdays. If you dont have the latest one, you're dead in the water and there's nothing you can do about it. Its not just a console thing however. Entire games or their multiplayer components for any platform get shut down at any given time without any feedback to the community as to why this has happen and no alternatives from the developer arise. One of the worst offenders are games that rely entirely on multiplayer, one day they shut down and then thats it, you can never actually play these games again not only that, but you immediately lose all the value you made from this game. How? You paid good money for this game but ooops you cannot play it anymore, sucks to be you. Thats like getting a brand new car, driving it for 2 years but then the car manufacturer comes to you and says "Ya know what, we dont care about this car anymore so we're taking its engine and leave the rest to you, have fun" So you end up with literally nothing of value to you only and since there's no tools or even documentation as to how its engine was made, there's not way to bring it back up and running only because someone thought it was a good idea to shut down a multiplayer only game.

     

    "Now now, you're being unreasonable. Sometimes due to financing issues games and/or services have to be shut down"

     

    Fair enough, but why not give certain tools or features to your playerbase in order to still have have access to multiplayer or even the entire game? Some developers do that and thats pretty good while others.... uhhhh.....

     

    All im saying is that shutting down games or online features sucks. I mean hell, you pay with actual money for something to own forever but one day it just disappears? Thats a straight out fraud. Again the right thing to do is keep servers alive or at least give people the power to make dedicated servers or something. Whats your take on the subject?

  18. Hello all,

    Just thought that I would share a bit about my game development experience in these past 2.5 years to those that are willing to listen. Hopefully someone finds this interesting or helpful.

    2.5 years ago, I had an ambitious goal to make one of my stories come to life. As a programmer, making a video game had always been a dream of mine and I thought what better time to make a game than now? I knew from the beginning it was going to be a difficult journey, so I researched all I could at first before fully committing to the project. Even with all the research, there were numerous factors I did not foresee and things I wish I had taken into account.

    After finishing the basic framework and refining the game mechanics, I gathered several talented friends and pitched them my idea. Despite the small budget, we had to work with, everyone was on board. Development was progressing and I started seeing my dreams become reality. Unfortunately, my team members begin to lose interest as time progresses. This was when I learned the importance of team morale and the difficulty of commitment. There was a period of time when I was the only person working on the project, and had wanted to quit several times myself. But then, I realized I have too much attachment to my project so I continued to persevere and it was well worth it. Eventually, developing the game became an enjoyable experience rather than a struggle. The whole process opened my eyes It broadened my experience in not only coding and debugging, but also art, sound design, and how to effectively convey mood through the environment. I became more independent, having to take on multiple roles because the team spirit we had was just not there anymore.

    I did not have a concrete road to follow, but I knew that if I wanted to see this project through to the end, I had to get my team back on board. Team management and sustaining everyone’s motivation took a lot more out of me than I expected, but the hard work paid off. I eventually managed to finish a “skeleton†version of the game and rekindled the spirit of the core members on the team. With everyone back together, we established a clearer direction to the game and it really helped align everyone’s vision. As we progressed, I realized how limited our resources really were. Our team was too small, and we really needed more experts in different fields. This was when I learned another valuable lesson in game development. Sometimes, reaching out for help and being willing to pay for quality work can go a long way. I started to pay for quality work from several different artists and the impact it had was beyond my expectations. After seeing how much the art affected the whole game, I became more willing to save a little more of my paycheck to invest in the game.

    There were rough patches along the road, but we managed to sew most of the game together and I’m very proud to say that the game is nearing 100% completion!

    Reflecting back on the experience, I really wish I spent more time finding the right motivation for each individual on the team to continue with the project early on. This was a critical mistake and it set us back more than I’m willing to admit. I also wish I spent more time figuring out the best quality of each team member and better utilized their talents from the beginning. Due to my lack of experience in game development, I spent a lot of time focusing on improving my knowledge, but neglected the team in the process. Even so, I’m very content with the state that the game is at today and I couldn’t have done it without the hard work and perseverance of my team. A word of advice to anyone attempting to create an indie game with a small group: Be a team, be willing to spend on quality, and be patient.

    Whether the game is successful or not, the work we have done so far has definitely been worth the effort. Seeing an idea come to life is one of the most satisfying rewards. I’m uncertain where the game will go from here, but I am excited to take the next step to really getting our game out there.

    Finally, I leave you all with a list of Dos and Don’ts that I learned from my experience. Hopefully it can help someone.

    Do:

    • Use an existing game engine, it will save a lot of time.
    • Research up on games with the same genre and study them to get ideas.
    • Write up a story/gameplay script and go over it with your team to compromise on a vision before jumping into development.
    • Hold multiple sessions with the team in gathering feedback, ideas and criticisms.
    • Have a test run of the game often to find bugs and glitches.
    • When fixing problems, always strive to fix it fully, never give up on a problem just because it is difficult.
    • Always think of the players and how much fun they will have playing the game. Having a good GUI is very important.
    • Be willing to spend a bit of money if you can for quality work. The impact is surprising.
    • Invest time in fueling the team spirit. Your team is everything.

    Don’t:

    • Throw away artworks that artists draw for you, be resourceful.
    • Depend too much on others to help you all the time, you will be on your own sometimes.
    • Give up on your team members, each have quality talents that need to be utilized correctly.
    • Give up on yourself, quality work requires perseverance.
    • Rush the game and release an unfinished product. It is better to take it slow and deliver something with more quality.

     

    For those interested, check out our game project at: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=887509287

  19. I have been continuing working on graphics for commissions, my own game "CHRONICLES OF HONOR - Age of Heroes", but I have continued my work on Haunted Hills. I have added more character types to my game, other than just women who work the streets to expand the reality of being in that situation. There are people of various levels of risk at being a victimized and how likely they are to be noticed being missing. The one thing that will not be in my game, as it doesn't fit the theme is that this game will not have any male characters in it. I am actually planning on having men in the next game, but this game or any game does not have any romance in it.

     

    Okay, so the new characters are as following, but are currently not named or place holders for now.

     

    Diane - A woman, who served in the army, but due to nightmares that she suffers from and an addiction to drugs has led her to losing her job and house. Her family hasn't seen her in years and mostly, she pan handles to get money for whatever she needs. She goes to the center, once or twice a week to get her money from an ex-spouse who isn't aware of her hardships or if he does, he doesn't seem to care.

    VICE: Drugs, alcohol

    Strengths: Her strength is that she knows quite a bit about fighting, when not high on something or drinking.

    Weaknesses: She can be cruel, fights when on drugs or drunk, and fights very suddenly.

    Uncertain: It is believed that she might have PTSD, but other people just think that she's hiding a deep pain inside that she doesn't like to talk about.

     

    Rachel - A runaway, who likes to hang out at the beach and is apart of a band called the 'Death Angels' and ran away from home, away from her Catholic family to become a big star. Death Angels is mostly an underground band right now, but she she trying to get it into the big stage. She and her band live in a single apartment and work part time jobs. The sad thing is that she swears that her band is going to find her at any time and that they're going to make it big.

    Vice: Seems pretty normal, actually

    Strengths: Kind and sweet, with a bit of sass to go along with it.

    Weaknesses: She actually can say one thing, and say another thing to someone else. She can turn on you in an instant.

    Uncertain: Does she have a band or is there something wrong with seemingly average girl that doesn't fit in with the group of woman whose activities all involve the street in some way.

     

    Michelle - Another woman, who has lots in common with Diane in that they are both addicted to drugs, only Michelle has turned away from drugs when she got pregnant with her twins. She still works the streets to earn money for college and lives with a three other women in the same situation. She has been beaten, robbed and raped (Two times in the last five years), but only once when she was working as a prostitute. She hasn't been arrested, since she had her children, but has been fined and ticketed over the years.

    Vice: None, only a few cigs and maybe a drink from time to time

    Strengths: She is fierce, determined and it is one of the reasons that she has survived over the last year in this horrible place. There is a humanity about her, as she tries to survive the best that she can without killing anyone and will not attack first. Although, she doesn't trust people enough to turn her back on them, either.

    Weaknesses: Her lack of trust is what is her biggest problem, as she has seen women with PIMPS who are beaten and even, murdered at the hands of their pimps.

     

    Candy - (real name not known) - She is a former exotic dancer, who burnt her bridges, because she was underaged when she started and even, did porn underaged, too. Now, she is 19 years old, and recently turned to prostitution to earn money. She has a real hatred of men, as it is believed she was molested by her father, uncle or close family member. She has been arrested for stabbing a man, even arrested for assault, but she claims that they were trying to attack her, so she defended herself.

    Vice: None known

    Strengths: None known

    Weakness: No one can get close to her to find out what her strengths or weaknesses are, as she apparently doesn't trust anyone.

     

    ( =^_^= ) My inspiration still is to have a group of people that people seemingly think deserve their fate and me, I am saying that this women have stories, lives and the only thing that they deserve is that they should be safe any where. No one should be forgotten, not even if they are doing things that they shouldn't or things you disagree with. I wanted to create a story with a group of women, facing a horrible situation where you can, either pull together as a group or doing the wrong things. This game has three endings, a good ending, a neutral ending and a really bad ending, and I might create a secret ending... I am still trying to figure out how to have a better way of creating the endings.

     

    Those are my new characters, but as usual, there is something more going on in this city. I do hope that people will, at least, give it a try. I am going to be selling it for $5.00, in hopes of making enough money for a new computer tower, so that's my ultimate goal. I will say this, though, none of my characters, even people who are the antagonists are throw away characters and each has/had a life, feeling and reasons for doing what they are doing. In the first game, I was making for a contest, I was pushing myself to get it done, because I was trying to make a short game and in a short amount of time. If I had been more honest with myself I would have decided that this game isn't going to be the right game for that contest and taken more time to get it finished.

     

    I left things out of the game that should have been in there, if I had more time that is. This time is going to be very different and I am going to have more interaction with the characters. Jason, the antagonist isn't going to be seen in this game and it isn't even certain if he is in the city. Carol, the woman that he is looking for and believes that he finally found is his wife or girlfriend. It is his intention or their relationship that you will discover as you search your way through the city and avoid traps..

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    True Story: My printer/scanner died just a couple of days ago. I only had blank post-it notes, a kiddie pencil, my smartphone (camera), a creaky-old office laptop, and Photoshop.

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  20. I stopped working on the game, forgot to introduce the characters, AND forgot the Boot Camp post. On the bright side, I'm working on the game again and will be introducing the characters one at a time, starting with the main character. As for the Boot Camp post, I don't think that will be happening. It took me 5 hours to tell my brother the ins and outs of Boot, so if you really want to know what it was like, shoot me a message. Also, I'm posting about my game for feedback, not to have characters and ideas stolen. Anyways, without further ado, I shall introduce my main character: Zenori Gravius!

     

    Zenori Gravius is a character that I came up with as a little kid, although the name "Zenori Gravius" has only been in use since 2012. His original name was Lewis Druid (yes, like my username on literally everything). When I got Skyrim in 2012, I looked up a name generator for Imperials, and I dug around and chose a first name (something similar to what became "Zenori") and the last name Gravius. I fell in love with the name, and have always wanted to make him a character. His personality is similar to mine, with minor tweaks. Here is some basic info on him (some info is subject to change):

     

    Age: 21

    Sex: Male

    Hair: Grey

    Eyes: Grey

    Height: 6'5"

    Hometown: Krane

    Short Bio: No one knows where he was born, just that he shown up in the small village of Krane as a baby in the graveyard. He grew up under the care of the village's resident blacksmith, and as such knows a decent bit about weapons. As he got older and monsters started to become more aggressive, he saw a need for a group to defend the village. He gathered other local youths, trained them to fight, and formed a group dedicated to the defense of the village.

     

    So that's about it for the basics. I know it's not much, but it should give you a vague idea of who he is. When I release the demo, you'll get to see him and three of the other characters more in depth, so keep an eye out for that. For him and other characters, I may mention names of people or places with little to no explanation, but know they will be explained in a post about basic world lore later on. Anyways, that's it for this time. Keep an eye out for the next character soon!

  21. I got curious last night and decided to check my Google Drive. Lo' and behold, I find a couple of interesting files saved onto it. It was the VX Ace version of Recollection and a debug version I have given out to some people for bug testing! I thought I had lost that forever... Glad I had it on there because that was the only other place I didn't look when I lost my VX Ace stuff.

     

    Anyway... I know today is April Fools day and last year I "published" a game that really wasn't a game. It was something stupid I slapped together within 15 minutes. But today I decided to mess around a bit with it in VX Ace (wow it's so different after using MV for so long) and decided that I'm going to go ahead and let you all play it. Please be aware that this is default as default gets! There's nothing really special with it and it will be very buggy and you might run into a few issues and it's is extremely unfinished!

     

    "So, why are you even posting it even if it's not finished?"

     

    Well... I feel that I wanted to show you guys what I have. I have been trying to meet deadlines to push out a demo for you all to try, but life is cruel and it kept pushing it further and further back. Not only that, I wanted to show how far I've came with it and how proud I am for actually getting a simple thought in my head to an actual, somewhat, playable game. With all that said, I am now officially pushing out the unfinished VX Ace demo version of Recollection! I would suggest reading the READMEs in the folder before playing. Though, this is VX Ace we are talking about so there really isn't much to tell you.

     

    Anyways, here are the links:

     

    RTP Version: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_-1RuKtCwMYRFZ0bGhsekJNQW8

     

    Non-RTP Version: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_-1RuKtCwMYMmt6VktIV1Nzc2c

     

    Happy first of April and hope you all enjoy! Feedback would be great, but don't expect any bug fixes if you happen to find any since the MV version will address a lot of them if any are reported.

     

    Edit:

     

    I just noticed something I left in these extractors. Apparently I had a backup folder in these and I updated the download links so that it doesn't include them.

     

    Edit 2:

     

    I know I said I wouldn't do bug fixes, but it turns out that while playing through the game myself I actually changed some settings in the database that made it impossible for the player to equip any of the starter weapons. Looks like the joke's on me this April Fools day. >.<

  22. Welcome to my new project, Scalvose: Demons and Dragons. This project is aimed at the general audience, though it is technically PG13. Ratings aside, the whole project is aimed to be around 47 hours of gameplay, excluding additional chapters and the ending. With 2 chapters (Prologue and chapter 1 for the beginning project) per game planned, I'm hoping to get as much done within the next 4-5 years as possible. Otherwise, let's begin with the plot.

     

     

    It's been extremely calm on Scalvose lately. After Xerian's defeat and the return of peace, it seemed the whole world was taking a breather from the destruction caused. Sacred Leaf, a band of friends and heros bent on protecting Scalvose, split up to enjoy the summer and repair damages dealt. Wane Kurriro, the leader, left to nurture the forests belonging to Veryll. Crystal returned to her caverns, lazily enjoying the silence with the snow around her. Darkness left to be the pervert he was, hitting on as many girls as he could, hoping to land a date or two. Lek Nisshoku, king of Xoa, returned to his land, helping his people recover from the destruction of the war.

    In Rya Ruins, however, Will had plans to find a secret treasure pertaining to the history of Scalvose. It wouldn't be easy, considering Rya always shifts, with nothing to see or predict below. Will ends up running into another person who's trying to acquire the artifact as well, and with natural rivalry and hatred towards another, they end up fighting. Meanwhile, Xex Nisshoku, Lek's brother and cruel experimenter, is working on finding alternate dimensions when he ends up opening a portal to the demon's homeworld.

    Migrol, referred to as the leader, enters, attacking him and begins to attempt to enslave Scalvose, while another extreme threat opens up to destroy it. However, it's not all as it seems, as Migrol is experimenting on a kid and her child in hopes of opening another portal back to his homeworld to bring more of his kind to his side. Sacred Leaf, Xex, Xerian, and others will have to fight against three different threats. Can they defeat Migrol, protect Scalvose, and prevent the portal from being opened? Or will they be too late?

     

     

     

    Game Production Progress

    • Sprites- 1%
    • Artwork- 4%
    • Mapping/Eventing- 22%
    • Animations (Battle)- 3%
    • Story Progress- 10%
    • Database for Items and Equipment- 30%
    • Characters -79%
    • Tilesets- 0%
    • Voice Acting- 0%
    • Plugins- 100%
    • Overall Progress- 15%

    I plan on seeing if anybody is wanting to work on some parts of the game with me, although broke due to college, but until then, any feedback, suggestions, questions, and so on are highly appreciated!

     

    FAQ

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    A: There isn't any question asked repeatedly, yet!