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Resileafs I actually wanted to be Resileaf
I actually wanted to be Resileaf
Apr 26th 2019 at 12:22:53 PM

Dragon's dogma: Bandits are bad news.

Early game, I'm going around doing quests from the quest board, and I get a bunch of quests to escort NP Cs to some area nearby. Fair enough, I do all of them, but then the last one asks me to escort the NPC to the other side of a neighboring zone, a trek that ended up taking me an entire in-game day (left late night, arrived early morning the day after next). On the way, there are several groups of very strong bandits, in very large numbers.

Probably took me a dozen tries to get through a particular group (and then another dozen for a different group), not only because the bandits kept killing me, but also because escort targets are suicidal and insist on following your every step and so bandits end up targeting them, killing them easily.

And then I almost had a heart attack because I tried to manually reload and ended up several hours back in the game, and I thought I had been screwed by the autosave, but closing and restarting the game got me back where I was before the bandits.

There were other bad threats on the road (a golem I had no idea how to damage so I fled, a group of hobgoblins with two cyclops I killed by shooting them with a ballista), but nothing as difficult to handle as the bandits were.

TroperNo9001 havin' a good time from Snowdin Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
havin' a good time
Apr 27th 2019 at 8:16:21 PM

Disney Emoji Blitz: The Rainbow Falls levels are glitched.

"consider my smash costume as an early anniversary gift for y'all."
FergardStratoavis Caerbannog Represent from Leiston Fortress Relationship Status: I get a feeling so complicated...
Caerbannog Represent
May 11th 2019 at 6:41:27 AM

Disciples:

  • Fear and respect Ghouls (unless you're The Empire and running Witch-Hunters). They're one of the few non-boss units in the game that have a Paralysis effect that doesn't end the turn after. They also have average Initiative, meaning they can and will paralyze you before your frontline can move, especially if you're playing Mountain Clans.
  • Murphy's Law is in full effect. 80% chance to hit? Don't count on that. Three misses in a row? Not impossible.
  • To my knowledge, attempting "Drega Zul" quest as The Undead Hordes is an exercise in futility, unless you trust AI enough to keep a plot-critical unit alive (don't do that): you both lose if she dies.

smart words go here
ReikoKazama Badger Pride! from Tasmania, Australia Relationship Status: He makes me feel like I have a heart
Badger Pride!
May 18th 2019 at 2:24:08 AM

Soul Calibur VI: Under no circumstances should you power through Libra of Souls. It will destroy your hand and render you unable to play video games or do much of anything for quite some time.

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc: No, Reiko, you baka, you can't just press X then mash Triangle and expect to get through your first Bullet Time Battle like that. That's a perfect way to get a Game Over. You need to alternate between the two buttons.

You might belong in Hufflepuff, where they are just and loyal/Those patient Hufflepuffs are true, and unafraid of toil
AmethystLeslie Actual goddamn treasure from NYC (AKA IRL Unova) Relationship Status: Shipping fictional characters
Actual goddamn treasure
May 19th 2019 at 8:12:28 PM

Puyo Puyo!! 20th Anniversary:

  • Funny meme idea, Harpystacking in Quartet modenote . Not a good idea, attempting this for the first time with Ecolo as the opponent.

Goddammit, Schezo...
tclittle Professional Forum Ninja from Somewhere Down in Texas
Professional Forum Ninja
May 29th 2019 at 8:31:58 PM

Civilization VI:

  • Ranged units cannot capture a city center on their own. If you need to take a city for some reason, make sure and have at least one melee unit.
    • Giant Death Robots from the Future Era in the Gathering Storm Expansion can capture cities, but can only do so when the city center is at zero health. Otherwise they will act as range units. In addition, a city center heals every turn unless under siege. So, bring multiple GD Rs or other units with you when capturing cities late game.
  • Kupe gives incredible freedom when played with, but there are three major issues with that freedom.
    1. If you don't cheat using mods to see the whole map at the start or save scum to find the best starting area for your first city, you might end up finding a not so useful location.
    2. Settlers are instantly taken out by anything, so if your first settler ends up near barbarians or moves into a area where a natural disaster spawns, you're toast and either have to reload a previous save or restart the map.
    3. Any maps where there is a lot of land and not enough ocean can make really bad starts for Kupe.
  • Having Kupe in your map means that barbarians start with the ability to make Quadriremes. Which makes them absolute Demonic Spiders when attempting to explore/defend sea tiles in the Ancient or early Classical Era unless you are Kupe himself or Norway's Harold.
  • Unique Units do not keep their unique abilities when upgraded. Sometimes it might be better to keep an upgraded UU even against enemies two tiers above the unit.
  • Kupe's UU Swordsman replacement, the Toa, can repair tiles like a builder and cost no maintenance, so it would be useful to not upgrade them to a Musketman at least for the utility.
  • Starting in Rise and Fall, unless your cities have loyalty issues, don't be afraid to go into a Dark or Normal age. Going into one of those ages can make it easier to get into a Golden age and get a Heroic Age if you get a Golden Age after a Dark one, which gives you even more significant bonuses. The only civ I would say that would rather go into and stay in a Golden Age for the whole game is Mali, who gets an additional Trade route slot when they go into one.

Edited by tclittle on May 29th 2019 at 10:43:40 AM

So I'll make a resolution, that I'll never make another one, just enjoy this ride on my trip around the sun, until its done.
HailMuffins A classic, not some passing fad. from Ceará, Brazil Relationship Status: How YOU doin'?
A classic, not some passing fad.
May 30th 2019 at 6:06:42 AM

  • Stellaris: Turn off the AI Empires before you figure out the mechanics, jackass.

Bow-chicka-wow-wow... Now bow chicka bow down.
MyFinalEdits Officially intimidated from Venezuela Relationship Status: Remembering what Mama said
Officially intimidated
Jun 1st 2019 at 9:30:35 PM

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy (any PL game, actually).

Before heading to a marked key destination, SAVE. You may think you can save when reaching the destination without contacting any character or object, but sometimes an important cutscene will play, leading to a series of events you have to finish before being abke to save. My 3DS ran out of energy before I could finish, and lost a LOT of progress from the first chapter.

Here's a riddle: It looks dark-green on the outside, pale yellow inside, and has an avocado seed in its core. What is it?
AmethystLeslie Actual goddamn treasure from NYC (AKA IRL Unova) Relationship Status: Shipping fictional characters
Actual goddamn treasure
Jun 1st 2019 at 10:46:06 PM

Puyo Puyo!! 20th Anniversary:

  • The Random option in story mode is predetermined, which can really only be discovered on emulator. I tried getting anything other than Active Rule in a battle once, and I just couldn't.
  • Speaking of Active Rule, the timing for making chains is stricter than Fusion mode in Puyo Puyo Tetris. Also, the chain pop-in animations do kinda ruin it for me with Active Rule, since they cover up the board.

Goddammit, Schezo...
Hunter1 The Guy in the Capsule from The New Eden Galaxy
The Guy in the Capsule
Jun 8th 2019 at 1:04:47 PM

Persona Q2

Remember how in the first game, Naoto (and to a lesser extent, anyone other than Zan & Rei) was absolute murder against common enemies once she got Mahama, Mamudo, and Impure Reach (and ideally, a sub-Persona with the SP to fuel said attacks long term)?

Yeah, instant kill attacks got nerfed hard this time around, to the point where they're about as effective as they are in mainline SMT and Persona. You're better off going with an elemental spread and going for downs and All-Out Attacks instead.

Will the transhumanist future have catgirls? Does Japan still exist? Well, there is your answer. — Unknown
Yinyang107 from the True North Relationship Status: Tongue-tied
Jun 9th 2019 at 3:08:21 PM

Going into the new Borderlands 2 DLC with a level 20 character is a bad idea.

Maybe someday, they'll see a hero is just a man who knows he is free. R.I.P. "Grammie" Ruth Watson, 1927-2014
NESgamer190 Hello! from a NES cartridge
Hello!
Jun 16th 2019 at 2:56:03 PM

100% Orange Juice:

  • Lady luck will thwart ya at the worst moment with a bad roll.
  • Taking on a boss should be best done at 1 HP on the boss, especially if it's the store manager.
  • Luck based card being used? It will backfire spectacularly some way, some how.
  • Teleport panels do not like warping you to where ya need to go, and usually to worse spots.
  • Setting traps on home panels is not a bad idea, but be ready to face the consequences if you spring your own trap.

CO-OP mode:

  • 40 chapters is all ya get before the game goes livid and makes the entire field (bar warp panels) into boss encounter panels.
  • Only the attacker class gets the first strike against bosses. The boss otherwise gets the first strike on ya!
  • Early protector is not easy, given how it takes 2 HP to give your teammates a 2HP shield that lasts only for the battle.

"If you have any beefs with Santa, do remember to SETTLE IT IN SMASH!" Quote by Edveed
NesClassic Meh-meh!? from Flyover Country Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
Meh-meh!?
Jun 16th 2019 at 6:01:29 PM

Hollow Knight

  • You can bounce on spikes, but you have to keep attacking downwards to maintain your bounce. Likewise, when bouncing on moving creatures you have to move with them manually.
  • The Dashmaster charm lets you dash downwards in the air, essentially giving you a fastfall. This counts as your sole aerial dash and can not be used in conjunction with a horizontal dash.
  • The Baldur Shell will, naturally, only block the attacks of enemies and minibosses/bosses ignore its protection entirely.
  • Explosions deal two points (masks?) of damage, rather than one like everything else in the game.
  • Don't be afraid to use Vengeful Spirit in boss fights! You're not gonna spend Soul on anything else anyways, at least not without charms to speed up how quickly you can use Focus.
  • soul master sucks

she/her
DivineFlame100 Kosuzu stares through your soul!
Kosuzu stares through your soul!
Jun 18th 2019 at 7:47:32 PM

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel:

  • Status buffs are important. Don't be afraid to spend CP on buffing your party.
  • If a party member's turn has a crit or sepith bonus, use that opportunity to use AoE crafts or arts to target multiple enemies at once, either to dwindle their numbers quickly or to gain more sepith for money or quartz crafting.
  • If a party member's turn has a "No Arts" bonus, then use arts, as despite the misleading name, casts arts instantly without consuming MP.
  • Use Emma's Crescent Shell for protection against strong enemy arts. It can mean a difference between victory and a Total Party Kill.
  • Always use combat links. Nuff said.

Touhou doujin music enthusiast.
Medinoc Chaotic Greedy from France
Chaotic Greedy
Jun 19th 2019 at 7:00:29 AM

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom:

  • Skeletons are jerks.
  • Using the frog tongue on (regular) mosquitoes: Good idea.
  • Using the frog tongue on enemies capable of status effects: Bad idea.
  • That ice Full Set Bonus? Really good idea.
  • The shield that reflects light doesn't reflect anything else, so don't try using it in battle.

"And as long as a sack of shit is not a good thing to be, chivalry will never die."
AmethystLeslie Actual goddamn treasure from NYC (AKA IRL Unova) Relationship Status: Shipping fictional characters
Actual goddamn treasure
Jun 19th 2019 at 10:37:39 AM

2048:

  • So the cap is 1,048,576, huh?
  • It took me months to reach that.

Edited by AmethystLeslie on Jun 19th 2019 at 1:38:23 PM

Goddammit, Schezo...
ReikoKazama Badger Pride! from Tasmania, Australia Relationship Status: He makes me feel like I have a heart
Badger Pride!
Jun 21st 2019 at 6:44:53 AM

Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled: LEARN POWER SLIDE BOOSTING AND MASTER THE ART OF BOOST CHAINING OR SWITCH TO EASY. You suck at video games but power slide boosting and boost chaining will save your ass as long as you don't run into a wall or boost yourself into a Bottomless Pit like a dumbfuck.

You might belong in Hufflepuff, where they are just and loyal/Those patient Hufflepuffs are true, and unafraid of toil
Emperor_Ing Absolute Floof from Aperture Science Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
Absolute Floof
Jun 21st 2019 at 10:46:48 AM

Metroid Prime 2 on Hypermode:

  • The reactors in the Dark Samus 1 fight are your friend. Do not hesitate to hide behind them.

    • However, she will destroy them if certain attacks hit, so don't get too attached. Also don't stand in the fire left behind.

  • Remember to conserve ammo during the Amorbis fight, because you sure as hell aren't getting it back.

  • It's actually a better idea to stand in the toxic death than get near their laser beam, because that shit takes off half an energy tank per hit and is not afraid to hit you multiple times in a row.

heckin worms
amitakartok Relationship Status: Don't hug me; I'm scared
Jun 21st 2019 at 2:01:33 PM

The map makers of Supreme Commander ought to be strangled and bodily thrown out the window for including the "destroy all enemy factories" secondary objective into the second UEF campaign mission.

Not because it's hard to do per se, but because of three factors:

Thus, the difficulty here is in NOT completing the mission on accident because of your trigger-happy units' multiplayer-centric programming gunning down the final objective too quickly. Which just happened to me after a nearly two hour slog. Oh, and the game doesn't have autosave.

Emperor_Ing Absolute Floof from Aperture Science Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
Absolute Floof
Jun 22nd 2019 at 10:34:33 AM

Metroid Prime 2 Hypermode (again):

  • That Dark Phlogus in Torvus does not always work the way it should. Standing in the death water might actually be a better idea than jumping on it, since if you jump wrong it deals constant damage until you die and there's no way to escape.

  • Dark Beam + Missile combo is god. Abuse it as much as you want.

  • Use the double jump to avoid the Boost Guardian's main attack. The Morph Ball will not help.

heckin worms
ReikoKazama Badger Pride! from Tasmania, Australia Relationship Status: He makes me feel like I have a heart
Badger Pride!
Jun 23rd 2019 at 1:44:50 AM

Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled again: Papu Papu's boss race is nigh-impossible, but that doesn't mean you should give up. Also, you do not have the option to change difficulty in-game, so unless you want to start again, KEEP. PUSHING.

You might belong in Hufflepuff, where they are just and loyal/Those patient Hufflepuffs are true, and unafraid of toil
FergardStratoavis Caerbannog Represent from Leiston Fortress Relationship Status: I get a feeling so complicated...
Caerbannog Represent
Jun 24th 2019 at 1:24:31 PM

Enter the Gungeon: Defeating the boss of R&G Dept. will unlock the ability to leave by dropping off the platform. If you are flying, somehow, you will drop the moment the boss is done and miss out all the loot.

Edited by FergardStratoavis on Jun 24th 2019 at 10:26:06 AM

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Rationalinsanity from Halifax, Canada Relationship Status: It's complicated
Jun 25th 2019 at 6:34:22 AM

Ace Combat 4

  • Many of the score attack missions are balanced around the assumption that the player will head to the return line to rearm at least once. Don't get caught in the mid-mission twist without enough missiles.

  • Don't worry about how you spend your credits, you can sell back any aircraft or weapon for its full price without penalty. This applies to 5 and Zero as well.

Politics is the skilled use of blunt objects.
Resileafs I actually wanted to be Resileaf
I actually wanted to be Resileaf
Jun 25th 2019 at 7:10:33 AM

Total War: Medieval 2, but applies to many strategy games:

Despite how much you might want to play defensively and build your resources to overwhelm enemies later, it's almost always better to just attack enemies early on to get an advantage they won't be able to beat.

akanesarumara Relationship Status: Abstaining
Jun 26th 2019 at 10:07:31 AM

Dragon Age: Inquisition but it applies to many other games too.

Always. And I mean always. Have a copy of your save files somewhere. At least the last two or so.

So, storytime. This happened over a year ago. I was playing, minding my own business, when I got stuck at a part in early-ish Trespasser. Try as I might, the enemies kept on killing my whole party (Cassandra [warrior/tank and melee], Varric [rogue/ranged], Dorian [offensive magic with I think one heal ability; usually I went with Solas as second mage but Solas is unavailable in Trespasser] and an elven mage Inquisitor [offensive and a bit of healing]). I talked to a gamer friend at work, and he convinced me to try to change up my tried true and tested party - Specifically, to switch Cassandra for the Iron Bull (as he's supposed to be a better tank).

So I went home, turned on the laptop, started the game... and the savefile was from way earlier. Instead of about 70 or 71 played hours, and the date from a few days ago... it was seven hours and a date from months before. I uninstalled the game in despair.

I've since bought the game at a sale in origins (previously, it was from a torrent) and I started another playthrough... but I have never had the power of mind to try and really commit to it, so I'm still way before the Orlais ball, miles before Trespasser.

Edited by akanesarumara on Jun 26th 2019 at 6:31:27 PM


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