Finished Fire Emblem Fates

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Started with the Conquest (Black) version, casual mode, normal difficulty. Breezed through and enjoyed it a lot. I like this game much better than the last one (Awakening), which I didn’t finish. The battle system especially the paring system is much more enjoyable. And you are not required to fight those annoying grinding missions, you can stick to the story missions if you like. I really like the traditional SLG style that you work with limited missions and enemies and try to maximize and balance experiences you can gain. Grinding in a SLG game seems off the point to me. I’m glad Fates fixed this part.

After Conquest I played Birthright a little bit, classic mode, lunatic difficulty. Soon realized this basically becomes a chess game and needs lots and lots of retries to figure out a feasible solution. Sometimes it can be extremely challenging and requires lots of defensive maneuver. A mission that takes 5 turns in normal can easily take 30 turns in lunatic, and classic mode means no mid-battle save. After finishing 6 missions, I’m facing the dilemma of either continue to only play the story missions to torture myself, or grind… I chose to give up that game and let Wen play Birthright..

So I bought the DLC Revelation because it reveals the “true story” and finished it now at hard difficulty and casual mode. It was very enjoyable too. Note this is a DLC that recommends to be played after you play both sides of stories, or if you don’t want to play those anymore, because apparently the “true story” made the original stories from both sides sound silly. It’s the same length as either Birthright or Conquest. The difficulty is tuned to be similar. I still stick to story missions although there are grinding options. Level design turned out to be very satisfying.

Wen played Birthright in a very different way than me.. She did grinding missions hard and was more interested in the marriage and child system in the game. I felt she was playing a breeding game…

Recommend to anyone who wants a good Japanese SLG. It has been a long time since I’ve seen a good one.

一拳超人

似乎每年都会找一个少年漫画/动画来看一下。今年看的便是一拳超人了。短短12集讲述了一个主角一出场就天下无敌的故事,有点没头没尾,但只要战斗打得爽就好。值得一看。

上个月为了街霸5和黑暗之魂3入了PS4。卖家附赠了个Black Ops 3于是就顺便玩一下战役模式,结果烂的简直让人要吐,bug又多还毫无新意,我都没玩完就决定卖掉了。

黑魂3开了个头过了一个boss以后意识到这游戏不仅动作难还要背版,而现在这种一周五天三四天晚上有电话会议的状态让我觉得很难commit开始玩这么high demand的一个游戏,于是反而是玩街霸5多一点。

买了一个Mad Catz的摇杆感觉很不错,比当年在鼓楼买的那种100块钱的摇杆好用太多。SF5虽然没有Arcade模式但是可以training可以网战,我觉得还可以了。玩了这几天不禁有点怀念当年读研的时候周末一堆人背着摇杆来我宿舍聚会玩格斗游戏的日子。那会儿有的晚上屋里人多得都坐不下,就开着宿舍门把椅子摆到门口,小小一间屋子里三台电视在战各种格斗游戏。我当时的宿舍还正对着楼梯口,时常引得上楼的群众驻足围观。当年玩得最多的先是KOF 97后是GGXX。下个月GGX Revelation PS4版就要出了。。应该去骚扰一下当年一起玩的战友们。

Games I Played in 2015

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  • [Xbox One] Rise of Tomb Raider. Surprisingly good. Finished in a week. I never played through any previous Tomb Raider games and had pretty negative impressions on this series. But this one is done well: nice graphics, friendly to players, fighting is good enough. Lots of exploration makes this game fun.
  • [Xbox One] Fallout 4. Probably my choice of game of the year.  Played it through in about a month. Awesome graphic details and super flexible game system. Probably the only game I’d like to replay but may wait for a DLC upgrade.
  • [iOS] Blek. Light puzzle game. Stuck at level ~50.
  • [3DS] Xenoblade Chronicles 3D. Traditional JRPG. It was fun and nostalgic at the beginning but after 15~20 hours I gave up on it. The graphics on 3DS are just not good enough for me to enjoy it with a slow mood. Still bought Xenoblade Chronicles X Wii U version though. Hopefully will pick it up soon.
  • [iOS] Prune. Another light puzzle game featuring beautiful artwork. Finished in ~2 hours.
  • [iOS] Lifeline. Text adventure game. Basically a novel with a bit real life time flavor. Worth a try.
  • [Xbox One] Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Well it’s a great game but it’s not as good as Fallout 4 or even Tomb Raider. For those 2 games I couldn’t stop playing it. MGSV made me feel stressful and want to take a rest after playing for a while. It’s more for serious gamers or people who have plenty of time for gaming I guess. I’m still at ~30% progress and hesitating whether to pick it back up.
  • [Wii U] Splatoon. Nice shooting game on Wii with lots of innovations. I highly appreciate this game and enjoyed it for a few weeks. But multi-player shooting game just doesn’t engage me for long so now it’s on shelf.
  • [Wii U] Mario Maker. I simply don’t dig this game at all… Played maybe 2 hours top.
  • [3DS] Monster Hunter 4U. My family main game from Mar to May.
  • [iOS] Terra Battle. A mobile puzzle RPG? I’m not sure how to describe its type. Spent quite a lot of time on it in Jan/Feb. It had an interesting battle system and nailed the “growth” feeling in RPG well.

As expected there are more mobile game appearances in the list compared to previous years. However if we compare playtime, mobile games are still trivial for me and console games dominate living room time. This probably won’t change in the next few years. 

It’s worth-noting to me that there was a blank period between May and Sep/Oct. Possible reasons: 1. TV show season; 2. I was very busy…

Lifeline

看到知乎日报上的一篇推荐之后对这个游戏有点感兴趣于是下载来玩了。大约三五天时间完成,运气满好的第一次就玩到了Good Ending。之后xw注意到我在玩这个就也玩了玩,见证了主角的各种死法……

这游戏简单到就是一个有分支剧情的中篇小说,或者说没有插图的文字AVG。剧本写得不错,有悬念,主角很逗,循着对话模式写的剧本也让人很有代入感。主要的特色大概就是和手机的紧密集成,有时候会让你等上数个小时然后发来一条消息,这是当年掌机游戏不具备的条件。不过这样说来,是不是PC上的大把文字AVG都可以移植了?

这游戏的Apple Watch支持很好,好到可以完全在手表上玩。。反正就是显示对话和选回答而已。我隐约觉得会有一批 #WatchFirst 的极简主义App出现。

Splatoon

最近Wii U上比较火的一个游戏就是Splatoon乌贼娘了。一开始看宣传片觉得这是个低幼版枪枪枪,但后来看到800也在玩又看到这游戏出乎意料的火,就也玩了玩。上手之后很快就能感觉到这游戏为什么火了。

这游戏一上来感觉跟传统的CoD之类的射击游戏最大的不同就是射程短。即使是狙击枪也经常会看得到敌人而射程够不着;机关枪更是只能中距离战斗,常见的情形是隔着五六个身位互射;更有一小半人在用大受欢迎的刷子这种近身搏斗的武器。于是整体来说就是一个中距离战斗为主的游戏,而且瞄准还是很傻的拿着Wii U的大Pad来体感瞄准。虽然枪法准还是有优势,但是肯定不是决定性的了。对不太玩射击游戏的新手玩家很友好。

另外就是这游戏的核心设计:墨水。枪打出来的是墨水,变身成乌贼可以在墨水里快速移动还能爬墙,待在墨水里的时间就相当于装弹。很巧妙的解决了子弹、装弹和特殊移动三个问题,而且还引出了按涂地区域大小来定胜负的新奇模式。如果这是这游戏首创的设计的话可以说是神来之笔了。如果不擅长枪战的话,光靠跑位涂地和使用这游戏里独有的系统也可以玩得很好。

乌贼娘的人设也很萌!

有Wii U的玩家推荐入一个来玩玩,反正最近主机上可玩的游戏都不多。。