Just A Normal Park
Yes. This is a very normal park.
*Gin points off to the side. A strange man in blond is draggin a large, spike covered wall along. He's eating ice cream. The wall also has ice cream.*
Like that guy is a very normal guy with a very normal girlfriend.
Just A Normal Park
Sleep. SHould be fine. Unless it rains.
*Gin glances to one side.*
Or Circe shows up to devour your soul
But it should be fine
Just A Normal Park
Nope. Nothing is real. Everything is fine. Reality is a lie. Freedom is slavery.
Just A Normal Park
Yes. A very nice normal park with a very nice crazy person screaming to thin air.
Just A Normal Park
Allow me to repair the fourth wall for you
*Gin bowed to the announcer before somehow repairing the fourth wall he broke.*
Where were we? Ah yes. This is a very nice park.
First Impressions: Nioh 2 Beta
Other minor things:
First, you have character customization ala Dark Souls but without the ability to choose a name and your also now voiceless as a result unlike William and his lovely Irish accent.
The game has a few issues with hit detection. There's a mini-boss Yokai that has a jump attacks sometimes hit 3 times for 400 damage a hit and the boss of the first stage has a move that it spams that sometimes hits where you were standing before you dodged and also has a combo that stun locks you due to the lenient recovery time Nioh has. Hoping that's just a Beta thing.
There's a new mechanic that allows you to enter the Yokai realm where all the demons are even stronger in certain parts of the level and you need to kill a certain Yokai to dispel it. The boss summons this in the second phase and spawns shadow clones to try and make you dodge and catch you with it's own attack when your recovering.
Also a fun fact for the first level of the beta. There are only two enemy types that are repeats from Nioh. The random bandits that appear in literally every stage of Nioh in one form or another and the small Umi-Bozu. Rest are new. Look forward to that.
And that's my thoughts on Nioh 2. I'm actually enjoying it way more than I thought I was. Also, I've seen footage of the Nioh 2 Alpha from earlier this year and I can confirm that the first mission is not any of the missions available in the Alpha. So that's neat. <div class='edited'>(edited by Gin)</div>
Wait For It
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Most Hated Bosses in Video Games
What are the bosses you hate the most? Not the hardest bosses or the worst bosses. Just bosses for some reason you just absolutely despise. Like, you look at them and the first thing that pops in your head is just hatred and loathing.
That boss for me is Nioh's Hino-Emna. I realised this after reaching a side quest late in the game where you have to fight her that I not only remembered exactly who she was despite not even seeing her since beating her in the story like a year ago but how much I hated her. I beat her easily in a single fight and felt no emotion whilst doing so. I just hate her. She was the first brick wall in the game for me. I died so many times to her paralysis Fus Ro Da move or her random grab attack or that charge. Now I'm much more experianced in the game, I was able to dodge most of her attacks, Fus Ro Da included, and block the charge since she's stunned for a good 5 seconds after using it. It was easy, which I think made me hate her even more somehow. Like a "How dare you go down like a bitch after all the shit you put me through the first time" sort of thing. So yeah. I just hate Emna. She sucks.
What about you? Any bosses that go beyond annoyance and stay with you as a boss you genuinely hate? I'm curious to see peoples answers.
First Impressions: Nioh 2 Beta
Hello everyone. Gin here. I've been playing Nioh 2 for the last 3 hours since the Open Beta came out yesterday and I decided to make a first impressions thread.
Now, my relationship with Nioh is very love-hate. At the best of times, it's a thrilling joy ride of dodging foes and cutting them down when their open. Yuki-Onna is the best boss I've fought in the original Nioh (Up to where I am. I just beat Ogress last I remember) for that reason. Fun fight with easily readable moves when your paying attention but still challenging as she mixes the attacks up to keep you on your toes. At the worst of times, it's an unfair, ridiculous game. This is due to the ludicrous damage everything in the game does. When you have around 1000 health, expect enemies to be doing 700 damage. It's stupid. Certain bosses like White Tiger feel unfair due to being quick and dealing a lot of damage in an unpredictable manner.
So, for Nioh 2, they have a way better opening area that lets you choose your weapons in an area where you can actually test them out before going into the actual game. All the old weapons are still in the game, including the Odachi and Tonfa from the DLC expansions, along with two new weapons: Dual axes and a weapon that shifts between a Glaive, a Scythe and one of those folded spear-axe things. The Glaive is my new favourite weapon and the axes are alright but a bit slow for my taste.
The game is a prequel to Nioh. This isn't a spoiler. Hidetori (AKA Hideyoshi Toyotomi) starts the mission complaining about needing to make a fort into a castle t impress Nobunaga Oda. Then Aquaman shows up. Not joking. I'm assuming the actual game explains why he's there, cause the beta sure as hell doesn't. Apart from that, not much about the story is shown. Katsuie has a boar spirit. You fight a demon weasel at the end of the stage. That's about it.
As for the game play, if you've played Nioh, you know what to expect. The old weapons are identical to how they played in Nioh, which I enjoy as a low stance twin sword main, and the new weapons I mentioned above are pretty nice aditions. There's a new leveling grid that shows the different things in a Yakuza esque wheel of upgrades. Weapons have their own points with the basic stuff that's shared between them being under a new tab called "Samurai".
The main selling point is the Yokai form. Replacing Living Weapon from Nioh is the Yokai form. Instead of changing on the weapon you have on hand when used, you instead change into a Yokai depending on the type of Spirit you have equipped. One is a big brute similar to the masses of Yokai you cut through as William, one is a ninja like one with higher agility and the other is a floating spirit type that prioritises defences. You can also equip Yokai Cores to your character that allow you to use moves based on those Yokai. For example, there's a new bird Yokai that has a spear throwing move. You can turn into that bird and throw it's spear and it's also useful cause it jumps over certain attacks.
Guily Pleasure Games
What games are your guilty pleasures? Like, games you know aren't that good but you still like to play anyway.
For me, it's probably Dirge of Cerberus. For the many people who don't know what that is, it's a Final Fantasy 7 spin off staring Vincent Valentine and is a third person shooter. The gameplay isn't really up to much, but I really like it for some reason. Probably cause the villains are actually entertaining. Theirs names are always a colour with the same colour in another language. Rosso the Crimson. Nero the Sable. Azul the Cerulean. You get it, right?
Rosso is a blood knight large ham who fights Cloud at one point in the game. Azul is a very large man who fights with a tank cannon and can turn into a Behemoth for some reason. Nero is a BDSM clothed man with wings that have guns on the end of them and can turn into a giant spider. The villains are great, stupid and underrated. I love 'em.
Also, for those of you who've played World of Final Fantasy, this is the game where Shelke comes from. She's a main character voiced by Karren Strassmen who is a villain who becomes not a villain and is really good with tech. She also looks 10 but is actual around 24 due to human experimentation stopping her growth or something. Have to make the Loli legal somehow.
Anyway, that's mine. Whelming game. Fun Villains. Alright story. What about yours? Any games you like for stupid reasons? I'm not gonna judge <spoiler>But Mona probably will</spoiler> so don't be afraid to share.
How much do we really know about Sword and Shield?
Compare what we know about Sword and Shield right now to around this time when Sun and Moon was about to come out. It's a lot less. We know around a dozen new Pokemon, four new forms and like 6 characters. Most of the news has been on the "Pokemon but bigger" mechanic and how Meowth is suddenly Inugami and Pikachu is fat again and whatever, but that's... really it.
Not saying that's a bad thing. Keeping a lot under wraps so people can react when they find it is nice, though it does slightly concerned about how there's suddenly no information to share when, for the last two gens, we got basically everything short of the plot shown before released.
Also, most of the new things are Gen 1. Insert generic "omg gen 1 sux lolololol" comment here. Though in all seriousness, does Charizard really need a new form? You can tell who the Pokemon Companies favourite child is. " You can have 2 new megas, a new giant form that makes you look like Godzilla with fire wings and we'll ditch the other lame Gen 1 starters so you can be the star of the show in Smash 4". OK. Done
How lucky are you?
Here's a fun game.
So, someone in Japan made a list that ranks peoples luck based on the day they were born. You don't have to say what rank you are if you don't want to, but I'm gonna share the list here to see how lucky people are. For the record, I'm ranked 350, so don't feel bad if you're on the lower end of the list.
Weird Design Choices
Have you ever looked at a character and thought "What the heck is up with that character design"?
This topic is inspired by FFX-2 Yuna. In her design, one of the most obvious things about her design that has changed since X, other than her erm... showing off more, is the long pony tail. Thing is that said ponytail I just found out isn't attached to her hair but her hood. So it's not hairstyle, it's decoration. Because reasons? Guess it explains why some of her dress spheres don't actually have said braid in them.
Also, why do a lot of characters in JRPGs have far too many belts?
Nintendo Direct in a nutshell for people who don't care to watch it.
> Overwatch is on Switch. And nobody cares
> Terry from SNK is in Smash as the 4th DLC fighter. SNK characters seem to keep showing up in other fighting games as guest fighters for some reason
> New Costumes include Sans Undertale officially confirming that Sans is not in fact Ness.
> Xenoblade 1 and Tokyo Mirage Session are getting ported to the Switch. Yet another Wii U headliner added to the Switch, giving less and less people a reason to play the inferior console. (Suck it Archer)
> Pokemon added a possessed teapot and Enigma to the game.
> Tom Nook once again puts you in debt but this time your trapped on a Desert Island. Meaning we can skin the bastard and no-one will know.
And that's about it. Not the best Direct. Not the worst Direct. So about the usual you'd expect from Nintendo really.
Persona 5 The Royal: Futaba Trailer
Futaba's ultimate persona is Galaga. She also has an AOA now. It says Git Gud. This is truly the best timeline.
What are the best quotes in gaming?
Been a while since I made one of these huh.
The title is pretty self explanatory. What are your favourite quotes from video games, be it inspirational or joking. From a good guy or a villain. Can be anything really. You can post the actual quote or a video of the actual quote if it's too long or you can find it. I won't judge. Much.
I have two from the top of my head.
Andrew Ryan- A time for all things
Kefka Pallazo- Life, Dreams, Hope
The former is because of the brilliant acting of Voice Actor Armin Shimerman. While many people point to the "Would you Kindly" scene as the games best, I absolutely love "A Time For All Things". It goes to show just how willing Ryan is to his beliefs. It's amazing.
Simiarly, Kefka's "Life, Dreams, Hope" is what pretty much defines his character and his Nihlism. I like the Dissidia version due to Dave Wittenberg's delivery and the "Why cling to life knowing you have to die?" part. Also, the dual beliefs shown between Kefka and Terra is pretty great in this scene, but that's getting into great scenes, not great quotes.