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Regalia's Game Talk

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Regalia, May 16, 2019.

Should I do this again?

  1. YES!

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  2. OMG, NO! I hated it!

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  1. Regalia

    Regalia Professional Cat, Mayor of Zombietown VIP Supporter

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    Hello everyone!

    I got into a conversation about the games I've played recently, and someone *cough* @Frosty Toast *cough, cough* kindly suggested I get my own thread. So here I am, inflicting my obsessions on an even wider audience!

    The way this will work is that I'll start off by giving a brief description of a video game I've recently played and really enjoy. I'll admit that my backlog is pretty long, so the game itself may not be all that recent. Hopefully, we can all have a discussion about the game, and find fellow fans. And maybe, just maybe, someone will find a new favorite!

    I don't know how often I'll be doing this though, so don't expect it to be a weekly thing!

    For our inaugural episode, I'm going to talk about

    CrossCode

    Steam, Win/Mac/Lin, PS4, XBone, Switch
    http://www.cross-code.com

    I highly recommend CrossCode. The basic plot is that humanity is out among the stars, and the hot new MMO uses neural interfaces to put players in control of a Nanobot constructed Avatar on a world specifically designated for the purpose of hosting the game. Something happened to you, and you've lost your memories and become stuck in your avatar. The mods/devs are physically on site trying to collect data and figure out what's going on so that they can help you. Unfortunately, your avatar isn't the only odd thing going on with the nanobots, and the "alien ruins" of the MMO aren't actually man made...

    It's only single player, but the combat is like Secret of Mana, only better. As in, it has 8 directional combat, combos, useful ranged attacks, and actual skill trees. Combat is occasionally challenging, but all around a blast. I never had any issues with bad hitboxes or not being where I thought I was. I've never fallen off of a ledge when I thought I shouldn't, or anything like that. The puzzles are a nice middle ground, where you can spend a significant amount of time working them out, but never so hard that you don't regret looking up the solutions. Side Quests are numerous enough to entertain you and expand the world, but never onerous in quantity or quality.

    The difficulty is adjustable, and very granular. Individual aspects such as enemy aggressiveness and the speed of moving platforms and other puzzles can be adjusted individually, allowing you to customize the difficulty in a way most games don't.

    The pixel art is very well done, and the animations are very smooth. Character and enemy design is very creative overall, though certain (very specific) aspects of the design aesthetic can be a (little) bit off-putting at times. While the music is quite good and serves the game well, it's not the sort of iconic music that stays with you for years afterwards. I haven't played Chrono Trigger or Halo in years, but I still recall parts of the soundtrack with perfect clarity. CC doesn't quite reach that level.


    The characters are really memorable, and truly believable. I particularly liked Emilie, a new player who joins around the same time the devs start you back in the game, though all your guild members are pretty cool. Your friendships don't seem forced at all, and even your "epic rival" is the sort of person you could imagine meeting online. I especially liked the way other characters reacted to him being such a drama llama.


    TL,DR:

    Gameplay: 9/10
    There are a few minor things, but the controls are overall very smooth and not overly complicated.

    Music: 6.5 8/10

    I actually bumped this one up a notch after my initial assessment. Sets the mood well, but most of it is not memorable enough to be called iconic. Ironically, that's the sign of a well made soundtrack, that it gets you "in the mood" without drawing your attention. That said, the soundtrack makes great background music for studying or doing things around the house.

    Graphics:
    8/10
    Design is well done, and the pixel art is well executed. Animations are solid. That said, not everyone is into pixel art.

    A major Boss:
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    You (far right) with friends:
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    A "move the blocks" puzzle:
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    Story: 8/10
    Story is hard to put a number to, as peoples' tastes differ greatly. That said, the story is well told, with few ambiguities or plot holes.

    Level Design: 9/10
    Areas have a natural flow to them, and naturally funnel you to where you need to be. Unless it's part of the puzzle, you're rarely left wondering where to go. How to go, yes, because puzzles, but not where.

    Personal rating: 8.5/10
    I really liked it. It successfully pulls on several strings of nostalgia, and then improved on them. It somehow combined Secret of Mana and .Hack, and not only made it a hell of a lot of fun to play, but gave us a cast of characters that are genuinely loveable. Even the drama llama.


    Edit: As per @Goddess Nyx's request, I've added the platforms the game is available on. You can catch them just below the title card.
    EDIT 2.0: Added some screenshots I had lying around...
     
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    Now we can spam his thread ::ink::
     
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    Nice! Could you add if it is a mobile, console, or PC game? I used to be a big PC gamer but almost exclusively play mobile since it is easier with the health stuff. I'm always looking for new games to try.

    I'm currently playing Elder Scrolls Blades (mobile) but it looks like it won't keep me occupied for more than a couple of weeks.
     
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    Health stuff???? ::thonk::
     
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    I'll PM you when I get home. ::rudecat5::
     
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    ::rudecat7:: He’s just a wee lad!
     
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    Unfortunately, the closest it comes to mobile is the nintendo switch. I really wouldn't want to try playing this on a phone. I've added the platforms available, and will continue to do so in the future.
     
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    You just reminded me. I have to finish LoZ Breath of the Wild!
     
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    Ok :)
    ::rudecat7:: SHADDAP ::rudecat7::
     
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    Unfortunately, not many of these will be mobile games. FFBE and FFT:WotL are really the only mobile games that I play.

    TBH? I haven't finished it either. I don't want it to be over...
     
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    I didn't really like Breath of the Wild, I prefer Smash Ultimate XD
    I know hundreds of Smash players and I'm the only one I know of that mains Mii Brawler XD
     
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    Me too..
     
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    ::thonk::::thonk::::thonk::::thonk::::thonk::::thonk::::thonk::::thonk::::thonk::::thonk::
     
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    DON'T JUDGE ME
    Mii Brawler is legit OP ::rudecat17::
    My offhand mains are Lucina, Luigi, Mii Swordfighter, and Villager
     
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    Im judging.
     
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    ::rudecat7:: BUT HE'S THE BEST
     
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    Chrom is the best
     
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    [​IMG]
     
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    1v1 me Mii Brawler vs. Chrom scrub ::ink::
    oh wait I don't play online cause online is for plebs ::ink::
     
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