Monday, November 28, 2016

Digimon Story: Cyberslueth - The Digimon Game People Asked For

Well this game has plenty of ups and downs. Personally Digimon just never seemed to cut it as an RPG for one reason or another. Namco/Ban-Dai seems to screw up digimon in one way or another. Well this time they get a pass.

Story

Hey this is just like Pokemon

To sum up the story. Take Sword Art Online or Dot.Hack, add in some Megaman Battle Network, Add in some Pokemon, Then put Digimon all over it.

So first off the opening is long. You get no real action for at least 30 to 45 minutes. Basically you're a user using the game's version of Skype/Discord chatting it up with your buddies. Then you get a random invitation from some mystery program to explore an area of the net that pretty much is a "Only bad people go here" zone.

Well only 2 of your friends go to this area with you...or well you show up late. Your female friend Nokia is a total coward. And Your male friend who's name escapes me right now. Is this wannabe cool guy that knows a trick or two. Put it this way. Your 2 friends are the same as your friends in various Pokemon games. Particulary Black/White and X/Y.  In other words they suck and pretty much force you into helping them.

So as soon as you reach Kowloon your friends go missing and you search to find them. Only to encounter this mysterious boy that's supposedly the ghost of the net. He talks for quite a long time eventually telling you about Digimon and how you and your friends were made into Hackers the minute you arrived in the area. Simply because some program was installed on your device that you can't delete.

So after this guy finishes talking. He offers you a Digimon in the style of the opening to a Pokemon game. You choose one only to see it attacked by another digimon. He tells you not to worry about it but you run after that digimon anyway. You decided to help your digimon out in this battle and your so called friend who's been talking for quite awhile decides to help you...Just this Once. He busts out ****ing Machinedramon of all things just to show off. You didn't even need that to defeat this Digimon. He tells you to grow stronger and puts you through a tutorial of sorts. Then leaves.

So after all that you find your friends are being attacked by some weird creature that isn't a digimon. Agumon and Gabumon show up to help Nokia who's in trouble but they suck. You decide to step in and help to. While your wannabe cool friend tries to hack the exit to get the heck out of here. Well guess what. This is a planned battle and you can't win cause you do 0 Damage.

Okay...I think I partied a little too hard last night. 

Battle ends and everyone escapes but you get grazed by this creature upon your escape so you didn't successfully log out. Now you wake up and well you look like you went to a frat house party and got a special hazing. Cause you're nothing but data. Or really you're a blue polygon that got rejected from the Fighting Polygon Team. You get rescued by some scantily clad female and after tons more talking you go on your first actual quest.

Hello, scantily clad but somehow trustworthy female.  Although this taken out of context...is she offering me sex? 
Mystery Food X in Coffee Form

Fast-forward a bit. You find that your real body is in a coma and sealed up in the Special Ward of a local hospital. So now you're on a quest not only to get your body back but to figure out exactly WTF is going on and how to solve it.

Phew...

Gameplay

Okay this is a double edged sword for me. But this gameplay is far better than the previous Digimon Games. Trust me.

The Good

So the game is very linear. While that can be a bad thing. It helps in this game as it's pretty easy to figure out what to do. The people you need to talk to are clearly marked. The path you should take isn't a huge maze.

The Battle system is simple. It pretty much does a rock paper scissors deal. But unlike older digimon games selecting attacks and Digivolving isn't a convoluted process.

Digivolving is insanely easy. You just reach a specific level and a few other requirements that are pretty easy to achieve. As a plus you can have more than 3 party members. You have your main 3. Then your reserves.

I got him really quick

The Bad

However I don't really like the main hub world you start at. That place is kind of a maze. There's too many things laid about that you don't even explore. Really it just shows off tons of Namco-Bandai Cameos like Tekken. But looking to find certain places can get tedious cause the hub world layout is a pain.

Then it can be too easy to digivolve. Why is this a bad thing. Cause of how easy it is to grind you actually have a team size limit. You can increase this size as you play the game. But if you're heavily grinding levels and digivolving right away you'll quickly fill up that team size.

Yeah this ain't creepy. Good thing there's pre-generated answers. 

Digiline - This thing can be compared to twitter or skype. It beeps off every now and again with messages from either your friends or your digimon. Your friends ask you random crap generally related to the story. While your digimon ask about personal things based on there nature. Your answers are based on the game so it's not asking for sensitive information. But it is sorta unsettling and yet cute at the same time that they ask you things about your life or your family.

Voice Acting

I don't mind the Japanese voice acting. My problem with it or just Japanese voice acting in general is that reading the text I'm obviously faster than what's spoken. But Japanese language tends to speak a lot and they have frequent pauses in there dialogue before its finished. So sometimes I cut them off prematurely or I wait too long cause I think they have more to say.

Also they talk A LOT! Yes it's an RPG game talking is required. But I honestly would like some option to auto-play the dialogue at least when it's spoken.

Music and Sound Effects

Well....I like the battle music. However...the BGM is hardly used. There's a ton of totally silent areas throughout the game. It's kinda of a Japanese thing to use silence to set the mood. However where the silence is in the game is unneeded. I got worried that my game was broken.

Also the theme for Kowloon and a few other sound effects bothers me. It starts out fine. But then you start hearing random sound effects that make you wonder if it's one of your devices in real life or the game. Every time I'm in Kowloon (which you will frequent often), I end up looking towards my consoles or PC thinking that they either turned themselves on or are having issues.

Graphics

Okay...Leomon looks so damn good here this could probably turn you gay. LOL

So for a Vita/VitaTV/PS4 game. This looks good. I'm playing at 720p cause that's what it got forced to despite HDMI cable (I can go up to 1440). Scary good compared to the past graphics of digimon games. Even comparing it to that of Digimon All-Star Rumble. This looks better than that game. One of the rare occasions I see 3D models actually look great.

Variety of Digimon

There's a big enough variety. I don't expect them to add in EVERY SINGLE Digimon. That's just murder. There's at least 240 different Digimon. The game hits most of the popular ones or the somewhat well known ones. However the game does forget that certain series digimon exist. I won't mention Xros wars cause this did come out around the time it started. But I don't see much of Frontier getting represented.

Overall

This is an enjoyable game. I wish I could properly record it. But I don't have an HD Recorder to do so. Maybe in the future.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Macro Discussion - Good or Bad?

Well first off the reason I brought this up. The ever popular mobile game Final Fantasy Brave Exvius and Final Fantasy: Record Keeper have been known to have some seriously tedious grinding. Record Keeper you have not only EXP but also those annoying but needed and useful Record Materias. Brave Exvius has the Godlike Trust Master rewards and Esper Grinding.

The Problem????

So here's the deal. Macro's. It's a thing for games where you program a controller or console or game to do the work for you by either simplifying it. Or just plain auto the work for you. The most common being Auto(Turbo, Rapid)-Fire controllers. But there are some far more elaborate macros that will literally input a set list of commands for you at the touch of a button.

Now in terms of Fighting games. This is illegal no questions about it. At least at tournaments. Despite the fact that some major controller and arcade stick making companies add in an Auto-Fire function that can be used to there products. But we're talking about in the comfort of your own home (or on your phone, tablet, whatever).  Since you're behind closed doors, who cares that you're using Auto-Fire besides Revolver Ocelot (MGS Joke). Even more so can it even be legitimately proven?

I'm more 50/50 on the subject of Macro key usage. I have a macro PS2 controller. It doesn't work as intended but it's still a macro. Basically I could input a command to a button and make use of it. But it still has its downsides.

  1. For one only simple very basic commands will work effectively and even then there's a chance it can fail. I'm talking about your basic fireball, high jump, and the like. 
  2. Two, I can and probably any given human can input the commands much faster than the controller. At least for my controller.

So I don't use it. I only really use it for doing some sort of auto grind. To try and speed up the process or just so I don't have to give it much attention and do something else. As for mobile games I can't really use it. I've tried but found out that program just didn't work for me. I would have to jump through a lot of hoops to make it work. So this generally rules out fighting games for me. It doesn't respond well to the modern day fighters either regardless of using a controller converter.

Now in terms of the game(s) in question Final Fantasy: Record Keeper but more focusing on Brave Exvius. This is where the use of macros falls into a huge grey area.

Macro's Needed/Unneeded Use

In Brave Exvius if you want the good stuff. Then you're going to want to farm those Trust Master Rewards. A Trust Master Reward or TMR is a prize for using a character so much that you essentially get a gift for it. Here's the problem, you don't get this easily. After every battle there's a small chance that your party used in battle may receive 0.1% towards your TMR.  You need to reach 100% to actually get the TMR.

There are other methods of gaining TMR percentage but very costly. The other method is to either:

  • Fuse 2 of the same character. This will transfer that character's current TMR% and give you +5%. 
  • Fuse these monsters called Trust Moogles to gain from 10%-20% TMR. 
The first one is obviously costly. As the good trust master rewards are dropped from the rare characters. So you'll likely be forking over some cash to fulfill the first method.
The 2nd one is just as hard. They're generally given at events but you have to truly earn it as they're locked behind either a very steep grind session or a ridiculously hard boss fight. Which to essentially win you'll likely need those TMRs to pull off a victory without paying money.

So the reason I brought this up. The guys that basically dedicate there lives to this game have came up with a strategy to gaining TMR's somewhat easier. Since you can only have 5 characters in a party (not counting your friend's character). Have 5 of the same character in your party and grind the very first stage over and over again. Then you'd only need to raise each character's TMR up to 20% (cause you get a bonus 5% for each of the same character fused plus whatever TMR they currently had).  

Well that kinda saves some effort needed but it's still tedious. You're looking at days if not months of endless boring grinding based on the luck of RNG. And honestly I hate RNG like this. It's really tedious to sit around and tap the same parts of your phone/tablet screen. 

The Huge Grey Area

Now for the gray area. The gray area is this. Macros. Some people heck a lot of people have either found 3rd Party apps or built in programs to basically do the tedious grinding on its own. Very smart to be honest. I'm not telling you where to find such programs you can do a google search for it and find tons of results.

The problem is. Is this fair? It's not a fighting game or an FPS where using such things is clearly giving an unfair advantage to where it's downright cheating. You're not cheating the company out of money by falsely generating in-game currency which really is what these companies look out for. You're more or less just playing the game...sorta.  I guess it could be unfair by the games PvP standards that you have these rare and powerful items to reach the top ranks. But can it be proven?


Well here's the stance of Brave Exvius. From the company Gungho who developed the game. They basically say, no third party apps are allowed and ppl caught will be banned without notice.  

But at the same time. There are tons of people contacting them and receive responses from the officials saying, "We'll let you know." At the same time the community is split on the issue. As of this day I'm writting this. I looked it up and found no definitive answer outside of the random announcement issued a few days ago. Some took it seriously. Others took it worth a grain of salt. Some even said there's loop holes in this statement saying it's perfectly okay cause of "this, this, and this." 

So how exactly can it be proven that you used a 3rd Party app or program? Are they tracking what programs you use? If they are is it with our consent? Or is it like Rage Quitters, lag switches, etc. where it's up to individual to determine based on the very small amount of circumstantial evidence that he or she has?

What's the verdict? 

Yes
No
Maybe Under certain conditions
I don't know

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Jet Vac vs Super Kaos - Skylanders Imaginators


Song: Bergentr├╝ckung - Undertale (Wanted to use one of those many covers/remixes but they're way too short to be used).



Jet-Vac went on and on about his lunch the entire game. And Kaos ate it.  Time to channel that Rocket Raccoon Voice. (Same Voice Actor)



Difficult...Cause it's an imaginator, not a sensei. Just a normal skylander. (that I have 3 of).... Pretty much focus on making Super Kaos kill himself. Super Kaos takes damage from his doomlanders and apparently they don't know the meaning of Friendly Fire. But Jet-Vac can die in like 2-3 hits. Glad I had one that wasn't maxed out although never got to abuse the level damage gimmick. (When you level up any normal enemy around you dies and bosses take extreme damage.)


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Skylanders Imaginators #22


So first off. WOLFGANG HAS A TWIN?!

When you start the stage you're outside and you notice some rats are getting kicked out by the bouncer. The rats want you to help them get in. So you ring the doorbell. The bouncer hates doorbells and attacks you. -_-  The rats aren't your enemy this time and help out. Although they quickly get themselves killed. But drop EXP all the same so who cares. 

After you defeat the bouncer. Our old friend Trigger Happy shows up telling you that he'll let you inside once you get him down from the balloons. So get up to the turret gun and shoot the balloons. Don't forget to shoot the sign that has Sal (Wolfgang's Twin Brother) on it. Shoot the ends of the sign to make it fall over. This leads to a treasure chest.


Now once inside meet Sal. Wolfgang's twin. It's basically Wolfgang wearing clothes, has a fancy hair do, no spikes on his back, has way too much bling, and carries a mic instead of a guitar. After you fangirls are done swooning over him. Time to enlist his aid. 

Next This level is long. Well not long but incredibly tedious when trying to get everything. First off you're gonna have to revisit this stage later cause there's one area you can't even access without a certain key item.

2nd There's only really one minigame here. The rest of the minigames are just the boring Card Game and shooting minigame. The minigame that takes forever is a copycat of any given tank game but made for kids. 

Basically your goal is defeat the high score which is about 10k points. So you just go around shooting everything. Kill the tanks, destroy the walls, destroy the enemy bases. Repeat. If you die you respawn with no real penalty. You lose when the CPU manages to destroy your base. Which takes them quite some time. Heck I had to let them destroy it to stop cause I could've went on forever. 

Every level you progress the enemy tanks gain more HP. That's the only difficulty in this minigame. 

After that annoying bit. Sal wants you to play your classic carnival shooter. Shoot the targets. Don't forget the one hidden on the left for a secret area. I don't really need to explain everything here.



Once done there Ascend to find the yourself in some ppl's nightmare. Other's dream. It's an area full of plushies. Most of these mountain of dolls can be attacked to reveal some enemies. Anyway your key to getting out of here is playing another card game. Afterwards after doing some exploring picking up the collectables. Get ready to fight. Now you must fight to play the apparently popular videogame.  Well it's an easy fight. And it's a Sensei area so start abusing your Sensei's to destroy EVERYTHING!



Do the Sensei shrine if you wish. After that switch to your Imaginator if you wish cause now you're gonna play this "AWESOME" video game. (sarcasm).  It's a kids game. You're some marshmallow and you need to basically hit every object you can for points. Well if you want the achievement/trophy. Otherwise who cares just move to the right classic 2D side scrolling style and find Kaos?!



Boss Fight: Doomlander Smasher Class



Kaos thinks that this fight will be your doom cause you're fighting on a 2D plane. Yet he's obviously picked the wrong Doomlander for this. The boss is slow and in fact you can trick his AI. If you're using a mid/long range skylander just run to the other side and shoot. When the boss gets close hop over him and go to the other side and shoot. It might be slightly more difficult for close range types but this Doomlander is so slow you shouldn't have too much trouble.



The 2nd phase Kaos gives him a new move which isn't really different from his old one. The strategy remains the same.



Phase 3 Kaos now summons Fire Spellpunks to attack you. His logic is that it should be hard to dodge fireballs in 2D. Well he's half right. But most of the time those spell punks have terrible aim or I killed him without knowing.



Well once that fight is over. Kaos Rage Quits and its time to move on to your prize. To unlock the vault you need to grind the rail and jump to break the locks. Once that's done the stage ends.



The brain is an ungrateful prick and leaves. Sal tries to cheer you up saying you'll get him. -_- Gee thanks. And now it's cutscene time.



With the Brain free. He and Kaos unleash a massive brainwashing wave to make everyone but your Skylanders and Spyro mindless zombies.  Well time to solve this problem before proceeding to defeat Kaos. 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Skylanders Imaginators Flare Dartroc vs Super Kaos





Rather made my night. So Activision has a sense of humor. Poking fun at Dragon Ball Super. I never watched Dragon Ball Super. I don't want to. But I do know about this Super Saiyan God Crap. Honestly this is hilarious. Not to mention how pathetic this boss is compared to many other Skylanders Series final bosses.



So a slight spoiler. Although by the time this fight goes up on YouTube I mean the full video. It'll be around end of November.




Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Hello Neighbor Pre Alpha - Meh


Wish I could go through the window... :<

This is a Pre-Alpha so take what I say worth a grain of salt. Since it's obvious the game isn't complete.

So I saw this game on many channels and thought to myself why not. After all there's this small yet annoying cry for indie games (no offense). I feel like I wasted a good hour and a half on this. Not to mention that this game just adds on to my rather horrible week. Yeah if you're expecting a "This game is great. Support it!" type of review you might wanna leave now.

Downloading

So having to jump through hoops to even get my hands on the Pre-Alpha. On there site (Tiny Build) I basically had to sign up to get a Pre-Alpha download. The other option is to pay $30 ($29.99) to get the "Early Access Alpha".  Yeah don't have that kind of money to throw away. Anyway  I had to wait a good hour before I was sent an e-mail to download this Pre-Alpha. Not much of a complaint but I hate having to refresh my e-mail inbox.

Controls

Thankfully after downloading I didn't have to install it or anything. Just open the app. And it's not found as a virus by my virus scanner so that's a good thing. Well first I boot things up and had the thought that the game had controller support. It does but it's not finished. I could only run and jump. So instead I had to force myself to go to my most dreaded way of playing games. Keyboard + Mouse. I hate this style of control. Force me on one or the other not both. I'M LOOKING AT YOU LEAGUE OF LEGENDS!!!  Then I noticed that my crosshair is off center. So picking up items stressful.

Gameplay

I should talk about what this game is about. "Hello Neighbor is a Stealth Horror Game about sneaking into your neighbor's house. Play against an advanced AI
that learns from your every move."

-quote directly from the Hello Neighbor site (http://www.helloneighborgame.com/)

Okay I hate to break it to you. And I might be a bit biased about this. But Horror game. This is not. What the hell is scary about this game? Well according to other playthroughs and apparently an ever growing Game Theory (I hate these). Your nameless neighbor apparently is hiding something in his house. That maybe he possibly killed his wife. Is some sort of alien. Or any other ridiculous TV Show/Movie mysterious neighbor cliche you can think of.

In versions of this game I don't have and trailers. There's various scenes to supposedly support this. Like one where he captures you and buries you alive leaving you only a pipe to leads to fresh air. Or where he's chasing you down through a very elaborate basement that probably leads to that mansion in Resident Evil. Also what apprantly supports this is that your neighbor goes to great lengths to keep you out.

To be honest he's just a paranoid, anti-social, kleptomanic to me. He has items in various places that make no sense. He's locking up his house to the point of boarding up his windows and using bear traps of all things. The guy even breaks into his own house to keep his doors locked. Patrols constantly. Yeah this guy has problems. And its my goal to break into this guy's house and find out what he's hiding? If this was my situation in real life um....no. I would just keep to myself unless he stole something from me or I heard a scream. Even then I would call the cops.

Experience

Anyway you first go into his house and no one's around. At least until you get close to this door that has a bright light coming from it. The moment you do you're neighbor strangles you and you wake up in your bed the next day. If you go back into his house. Not only is your neighbor chasing you down like he wants to kill you. But you find that door you looked at is locked tight. He's boarded it up, locked it with a passcode, deadbolted it.

So now your job is to figure out how to open this door. Not like Nelson Tethers: Puzzle Agent who only had to solve puzzles to open a door. You have to search for tools and clues to open this door. All while making sure you don't get caught by this guy. Let's talk about that.

Like I said this guy goes to great lengths to keep you out. Depending on how you enter his house he'll start setting up security measures to stop you. Bear Traps, security alarms, etc.

Well like any normal thief I would go through the window....except...I can't. No matter how I tried I couldn't get in through the window. I got really pissed about this cause this is how I wanted to get in. Why would I be an idiot and go through the front door? Well the game is forcing me through the front door which every time I do. I'm caught. -_-  Well I have to say his AI is better than MGS guards. He'll react to sounds. Even knows his house well enough to catch you. I guess what's supposed to be scary is that annoyingly loud music that plays when he spots you.

Probably what I hate the most is the Bear Traps. Once you're caught in one. You're stuck. Doesn't matter where. You're stuck. So you might as well just wait for him to strangle you. Although there were times I was caught in one and our favorite neighbor just left me there to rot. There was even one where he threw one at me in my own house. I got caught in it and couldn't move. Then he just kept throwing more bear traps at me along with tomatoes.  -_-  Needless to say I had to quit the game to get out of this situation.

What turned me off was how I couldn't go through any of the windows to sneak into this guy's house. There's no crouch command either. Not even a sneak command. So I move I'm making noise as loud as possible. I was forced to go through the front door....even worse when he locked the door I had to figure out a way to get him to come out of that door. Needless to say none of this worked. Just pissed him off.

Honestly looking at this game. It would be better as some sort of multiplayer. Where you and a friend play one being the neighbor and the other being the guy trying to break in. I took note of the AI patterns. If I wasn't hindered by stupid things like a messed up crosshair. Or unable to enter through a window. I would breeze past this guy.

So Apparently Our Neighbor can easily Spam 623+M (Rocket Raccoon's Bear Trap)

Random Thought

I got to the point that I was just frustrated and didn't want to play anymore. It did give me a reminder of a news article I came across not too long ago. 2 Would be thieves broke into a house only to be easily taken down by a 6'2 hairy man. The house the failed thieves broke into was a notorious sex offender. He captured the 2 and for 5 days they were his sex slaves. Until a neighbor heard a scream and called the cops. The cops got there and noted that the thieves were broken.

Yeah I rather not be breaking into anyone's house regardless of who it is. Who knows that's what this guy would probably do to me.

Overall

So my thoughts on this game? Forgettable. I know I played the Pre-Alpha. But from that and adding along the playthroughs I've seen. I'm not interested in this game. Another thing that bothers me about this game is that it's already getting theories made up about it. Just like Five Nights At Freddy's did. And they're all ridiculous. It's something about that where I'm just bothered by it. I feel like I would play this game once then quit never to play it or even think about it again. Maybe if it was multiplayer where you or your friend try to play hide n seek with each other or the AI. I would like it a lot more. But right now. This game feels like a waste of my time.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

I Don't Think I Can Put Up With This Anymore - Update Nov 2016

Problems mount from left and right for me. I'm stuck. My family sees me as a hopeless idiot. My Youtube hasn't made any real progress. Health Insurance, mental and physical health. Etc. None of it is good. Add icing on the cake that this is the absolute worst time of the year for me.

I guess I'm just destined for failure. I bend over backwards to meet the needs of people that are never satisfied. I don't know what to do anymore. I'm absolutely lost as to what to do. I only hide it so that no one tries to take over and utterly control my life.  All the while fighting off suicidal and violent urges.

I don't know what my viewers want, they don't talk. Outside a very select few. None of them talk. Unless I say something they don't like. What am I supposed to do?

I'm still battling with myself. Truth be told I grew to hate people. I never want to be around them. Too many things have happened to me to make this way. Constantly battling haunting memories of my past. I wish I had gone insane. At least then I could be happy. I try not to blame other people for my issues. But its not very successful.

I can't put up with this. I'm at my breaking point. Why am I still on Youtube? Why am I still here? I should just wipe the slate clean. Delete my accounts and start a new life. I'm tired. No one has faith in me. I want to die.


Games


Well I'm done with my bitching. Here's the games.


  • Skylanders: Imaginators - Probably beat it in a week or so depending on how I feel.
  • Sonic Unleashed: Finished last video will probably be next week.
  • Dungeon Punks: Finished last weekend. 
  • Ratchet: Deadlocked: Finishing up
  • Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction - Starting at some point.
  • Fortune Street: Just cause.
  • Wipeout HD: On hold cause of stupid copyrights.
  • Misadventures of Tron Bonne: Some point in my life.
  • Final Fantasy Tactics: I don't know when.
  • Pokemon Leaf Green: Finishing up soon

Others:


  • Pokemon Sun/Moon: Probably will not get due to finances.
  • Blazblue Central Fiction: Likely not get due to finances.