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Thread Eurogamer: Yakuza 7 has some of the best RPG combat in a long time
I agree with just about everything you’ve been saying. Balancing a game like this is no easy task and I’m not surprised they fell short this time but if they can manage to make the next one a little more sensible throughout (pacing, chara growth, etc) it could really elevate things. The combat shows a ton of promise, but some aspects just don’t work as intended, and fights later on take way too long without ever feeling threatening. Its forgivable for a first entry tho IMO, especially given how good the game is overall. I can’t wait to see what these guys do next.
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Thread Ryū ga Gotoku 7: Hikari to Yami no Yukue | Import OT | Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Yeah there are definitely some balance issues on the whole that I think will be worked out/improved in whatever game comes next (assuming they stick with the RPG formula), but for a first crack at an RPG I think they did an incredible job. I would've liked more of a reason to change jobs than just the two perma-skills -- one thing they could've done is give you permanent stat boosts at rank 10, 20, 30 to incentivize switching; I basically kept the default jobs for everyone the entire game aside from Kasuga (→Yuusha) and Saeko (→Idol). Now that I've maxed them all out, I started switching jobs on my backup cast while farming Hagure Homeless dudes in one of the bonus dungeons but I'm not confident enough to change jobs on my main party because of the massive stat drops. It's definitely imbalanced and something they can/should fix next time around. But yeah, overall, I'm SUPER impressed with what they managed to pull off with this game, especially given it's only been three years since Yakuza 6 / two years since Kiwami 2 (IDK exactly which team did this but it obviously can't be the same team as Judge Eyes, so I assume it's been in dev for 2 or at most 3 years). RGG Studio is just insanely talented.
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Thread 8-4 Play Podcast |OT| A Podcast about Video Games, Japan and Japanese Video Games
Huh, even tho I watch (i.e. subscribed to) this thread, it stopped giving me notifications when it got updated, so I just assumed it was dead. My bad! (Is that normal BTW?) i have a lot of posts to catch up on over the next couple weeks!
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Thread Ryū ga Gotoku 7: Hikari to Yami no Yukue | Import OT | Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Best?? I don't even know what to say. I would rank it bottom three at the point I'm at. Feels like bad anime to me, made worse by the fact that the writers seemingly had no editors to cut down the script. Anyhoo, let's chat about it on Twitter once we're both done. Hoping it picks up in the second half, but keeping expectations in check...
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Thread Ryū ga Gotoku 7: Hikari to Yami no Yukue | Import OT | Yakuza: Like a Dragon
About 25 hours in, taking my time with side quests and the like - digging the “game” part of the game quite a bit so far but the writing is a big disappointment? Are you guys who are far in and can read the dialogue actually enjoying it? It feels like a big step down from Y6 and Judgment, which both seemed to learn the value of brevity in conversations. This game jumps back to Yakuza 5 levels of needless exposition, only it’s even worse. Just endless amounts of talking, big chunks of it uninteresting. Also lots of bizarre/hard to believe character motivations and logic jumps that make it feel more like a shonen comic than an actual yakuza drama. Y5 was the only other Yakuza game where I started mashing through conversations because they took too long and/or were boring, but I’ve already done it several times with this one and I’m still only in chapter Anyway, I don’t mean to be a downer because overall I’m still having a lot of fun with the game, but man, coming off Judgment (which, while not flawless, was pretty damn great IMO), I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t feeling a little disappointed...
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Thread Dragon Quest 10 |OT| Version 4 and beyond
Oddly enough, I started working through version 2 last night myself. Been forever but gonna give an honest go of it to try and catch up over the next six months.
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Thread Did Konami really create Ultra Games to bypass Nintendo's 5 game limit during the NES era? Did the limit really exist? Is it an urban legend?
This was absolutely true/real and is not an urban legend.
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night |OT| We Have Paid Our Tribute, Igavania Is Resurrected
Is the Switch patch out yet? I guess not?
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night |OT| We Have Paid Our Tribute, Igavania Is Resurrected
Sure, here it is: EDIT: think I just found it, woot!
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night |OT| We Have Paid Our Tribute, Igavania Is Resurrected
Question: do wall breaks that unveil items (like HP MAX potions etc) count toward 100%? I have 99.90% completion and seemingly have found every secret room. Can’t imagine what else it could be at this point but it’s driving me crazy...
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night |OT| We Have Paid Our Tribute, Igavania Is Resurrected
Yeah this is what I ultimately went with and I ended up making quick work of the boss.
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night |OT| We Have Paid Our Tribute, Igavania Is Resurrected
Without spoiling the story (please) - anyone have any tips on which shards are worth upgrading for the final battle?
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Thread Judgment |OT| Justice Is Blind
Curious if any Yakuza fans have found any returning characters in Kamurocho? I know they said there was no crossover, but I found (minor spoiler) pretty early on. Anyone find anyone else interesting?
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Thread Judgment - Review Thread
Just to be clear, I’m not saying all the EN VO is better than the JP (tho I did love it for the most part) - I’m just saying I like English Yagami better than Japanese Yagami. Kimutaku has never been the best actor to begin with, and his voice sounds the same in almost every scene in this game - it gets annoying fast.
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Thread 2007 vs 2017, what was the better year of games?
Hmm, for my personal tastes (which lean toward JP games), 2017 by a mile. In 2007, Japan was pretty limp, but look at things now. This year was phenomenal. :)
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Thread Can you name an item drop more obnoxious than the Sword of Kings in Earthbound?
Card-carrying member here... Took me a little under two hours of grinding.
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Thread 8-4 Play Podcast |OT| A Podcast about Video Games, Japan and Japanese Video Games
Oh, totally forgot about these! What is it, DLC? I just bought the standard package version but I don’t think I ever saw that option (unless I missed it).
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Thread DELTARUNE Chapter 1 announced for Switch/PS4! Release date: February 28th
Just to dispel any myths, if we're comparing this to, say, porting Resident Evil 2 to Switch, then sure, you could say it's not "that much effort." But otherwise, ports like this require a ton of time and resources - we've spent most of the past three months working on these, ironing out GMS bugs and compatibility issues, working with the platform holders to address console-specific needs and functions, creating and testing border functionality, fixing bugs from the PC version, testing the hell out of both ports... It's a ton of work. We're very happy we could get it ready in such a short amount of time, but I promise it wasn't easy. :) Anyway, that's all for now - just wanted to say hi/thanks/take a 5 min break (LOL). Enjoy the game when it drops!
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Thread DELTARUNE Chapter 1 announced for Switch/PS4! Release date: February 28th
No trophies this time (and yes, treating it like a demo). Thanks, guys - super happy we were able to get this out (and for free) - wanted to give back a little after all the console love for UT. Finishing up the PS4 version literally as I post this - hoping to get it out by 2/28 as well, but if not, it'll be very soon afterwards. <3
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Thread 8-4 Play Podcast |OT| A Podcast about Video Games, Japan and Japanese Video Games
Ohh, that was me - will check it out, thanks! We decided to have her play and me watch instead, but this time I ended up getting sick (and she didn’t feel well either). Never happens to me, could be a prob of giant ass TV in relatively small living space, I guess. Anyway, will mess with settings, thanks did the heads up!
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Thread LTTP: Yakuza series (no spoilers, screenshots ahead)
15 hours into Yakuza 4 (Part 2, Chapter 4), and it is SO much better than Yakuza 3. Went back and read some of the reviews of these games, and I feel like some of those reviewers were playing totally different games than me (esp. IGN, saying Yakuza 3 had a great story but then complaining about Yakuza 4, LOL). My ratings based on what I’ve played so far: Yakuza 0: 9.5 Yakuza Kiwami: 7.5 Yakuza Kiwami 2: 9.0 Yakuza 3: 5.0 Yakuza 4 (so far): 9.0
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Thread LTTP: Yakuza series (no spoilers, screenshots ahead)
I played 0, then Kiwami, then Kiwami 2 on PS4, and they were all great, but Kiwami 1 is def the weakest of the three (by far). 0 was spectacular, and Kiwami 2 was close behind it IMO. I just finished 3 on PS3 tonight and it was pretty terrible by comparison. It’s hard to believe it was written by the same dude - it took me about 22 hours to complete, and I’d say 19 of those had awful story and characterization. Everyone says it’s the worst in the series tho, so I’m soldiering on to 4 next...but I’m excited to eventually get to 6 and get back to A) the dragon engine (so good!), and B) the modern Atlus localizations (way, way better than the old Sega stuff). If they bring the PS4 versions of 3, 4, 5 west, I sure hope they brush up the localizations to be in line with the more recent games. 3’s was pretty bad by comparison...
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Thread Dragalia Lost |OT| Perfect for Mobile
Pretty disappointed about this. Choosing Luca as my main was a big mistake - he’s a pretty weak character comparatively, and as a result, I’m not going to be able to clear the challenge battle with my current setup. T_T
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Thread Dragalia Lost |OT| Perfect for Mobile
Any recs on good 4★s to promote to 5★? My Luca is maxed out but I’m still struggling with the challenge mission. Worth promoting? BTW i saw you in a random Lightsunder quest last night but you left before it started, presumably because one dude was taking forever to hit Ready. Was firing off stickers like mad but I guess you didn’t see lol
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Thread Dragalia Lost |OT| Perfect for Mobile
Curious if the Daily Battle didn’t work for anyone else? I did it yesterday, and then today, soon as the day changed over, I tried again but it blocked me, saying 23 h left till I could challenge again. Seems like a bug to me but is this happening to anyone else?
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Thread Dragalia Lost |OT| Perfect for Mobile
Thank you! We write the VO, but we don’t actually oversee the recording sessions. Glad you’re digging it tho! I’m quite fond of Xander myself (current fav). :) Thanks for the kind words about the loc! More on unbinding below... I think the prob is people are confusing it to be an in-world term when it’s just an alternative way of saying “uncap”. If I were to spell it out, the meaning is “unbind the level limit”. No diff from “uncap the level limit”. (Which is what the Japanese means.) We always strive to go with terms that sound smooth and natural in english - we don’t worry too much about what other games are doing when we localize. Same reason we went with “endeavors” instead of hyper literal/bland (IMO) “missions”. Thank you! NOA deserves a lot of credit too tho, those guys seriously care about quality and always strive to make for the best situation possible for us to do our thing. I probably shouldn’t be going too in-depth about this sorta thing so I’ll likely shut up for a while but basically just wanted you guys to know that we care and we’re listening. :) Thanks for the feedback and good luck in the upcoming showcase! (I’ve got like 6000 wyrmite saved up in hopes of landing another 5★...)
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Thread Dragalia Lost |OT| Perfect for Mobile
Fear not - this and tons of other fixes should show up in the next update. And we’ll continue to make adjustments whenever we find stuff that warrants it. Thanks for your patience early on as we iron out the kinks!
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Thread Dragalia Lost |OT| Perfect for Mobile
Added. And thanks! Yeah, Monster Strike is still the most fun I’ve ever had with a mobile game, but this comes super close. Co-op really brings games like these to another level. Excited to see how this evolves over time.
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Thread Dragalia Lost |OT| Perfect for Mobile
Thanks! Sorry for the misc. text issues here and there - most of them have been fixed and will be live in the next update, and we’ll continue to refine/polish as we go. Glad ppl are enjoying the game tho! (I am too!)
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Thread Dragalia Lost |OT| Perfect for Mobile
What’s the best quest for farming bronze emblems? Anyone know? Got all the silvers and golds I wanted, but I need more bronzes so I can get the 100 blazon award. Trying to nab that last Pele from box 4 and the extra 100 blazons would help a lot...
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Thread 8-4 Play Podcast |OT| A Podcast about Video Games, Japan and Japanese Video Games
Thanks, y'all~ <3 We've got another giant-ass project slow-cooking at the moment, plus a bunch of other misc. things in the works. This was indeed one of the big ones we were hinting at, but not the only one!
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Thread Dragon Quest 10 |OT| Version 4 and beyond
Looks like last I played my level cap was 65, so raised it to 75 today with a friend and started on the quest to get the speed boost for the ドルボード. Baby steps, but slowly starting to get a feel for things again!
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Thread Dragon Quest 10 |OT| Version 4 and beyond
Woo! I started up again yesterday. It’s gonna take a while to get back in properly but planning a sort of Switch DQX LAN party with some friends over the holiday break this year where the goal is to get caught up if I’m not already. My player info: HS695-371 ジョン
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Thread 8-4 Play Podcast |OT| A Podcast about Video Games, Japan and Japanese Video Games
Turned out one of the mics broke (like literally, physically broke) - sorry for any audio probs! We'll hopefully have it sorted by next episode. :)
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Thread 8-4 Play Podcast |OT| A Podcast about Video Games, Japan and Japanese Video Games
Just FYI! (Experimenting with some ideas. Also looking for a name for this segment in case we decide to keep it, so suggestions welcome, LOL.)
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Thread 8-4 Play Podcast |OT| A Podcast about Video Games, Japan and Japanese Video Games
I was hungover during the second half, might have been that, not sure. December is a busy month for socializing in the JP games industry. :)
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Thread 8-4 Play Podcast |OT| A Podcast about Video Games, Japan and Japanese Video Games
Yeah I got tickets to Star Wars on 12/14 (the premiere event) but as a result, we'll probably be recording on 12/13 that week...
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Thread 8-4 Play Podcast |OT| A Podcast about Video Games, Japan and Japanese Video Games
Aw man, I miss the 1UP Show. I also miss the spectacle of lining up at launch for a new system; doesn’t really happen anymore thanks to preorders. Those were good times!
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Thread 8-4 Play Podcast |OT| A Podcast about Video Games, Japan and Japanese Video Games
Thanks for the thread! <3 Re: NeoGAF, we kinda just ran out of time, we weren’t intentionally avoiding it or anything. JJ and I were mods there literally from day 1 (I think he was user #6 and I was #14), and also on regular GAF before that; obviously seeing it burn down was tough to watch, but the beautiful thing about it (as Resetera has shown) is that it was always about the community first. Which is why it felt so natural and easy to move over here. Both of us helped out with giving the crew here advice in setting up Resetera too. I’m super happy to see it thriving, and glad to see we have a home here for the podcast as well!
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Thread Pokémon Go |OT| Tap those mons!
Guys, what the fucking fuck. Seriously. ELEVEN legendary raids in a row, no catches. I missed Entei entirely over it (0 for 10), and now I just threw 9 curveballs at Ho-Oh, all Nice, Great, or Excellent - and still no catch. What the fuck? Is my account just cursed or what? At first it was like oh wow bad luck haha but now I’m ready to go burn Niantic down over this shit LOL Somebody hold me...