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VutherA Thank you, Monty Oum. from Canada Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
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Aug 10th 2018 at 6:00:08 AM

Are we da BaddiesEpic Battle Fantasy 5 trailer.

Aug 10th 2018 at 12:41:19 PM

Always fun to see references to Newgrounds even long after that site's decline.

Edited by Soble on Aug 10th 2018 at 1:25:19 AM

-deep breath- FIGH-TIIIIIIIING GOOOOOOOOLLLD!!!!
VutherA Thank you, Monty Oum. from Canada Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
Thank you, Monty Oum.
Aug 10th 2018 at 1:36:51 PM

Well, the place still exists at least, and I'm sure Matt'll never forget it since it's somewhere he put the first game.

Apparently Matt has just realized a stat was bugged to not even do anything (which gives me Dragon Age: Origins flashbacks).

Edited by VutherA on Aug 10th 2018 at 4:37:28 AM

VutherA Thank you, Monty Oum. from Canada Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
VutherA Thank you, Monty Oum. from Canada Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
VutherA Thank you, Monty Oum. from Canada Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
VutherA Thank you, Monty Oum. from Canada Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
Nov 30th 2018 at 5:27:56 PM

Holy crap I am not even done with 3 yet, and I gave up on 4 after my data was deleted.

Jesus, I need to make some time and catch up. I thought this was never coming out.

-deep breath- FIGH-TIIIIIIIING GOOOOOOOOLLLD!!!!
VutherA Thank you, Monty Oum. from Canada Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
Thank you, Monty Oum.
Nov 30th 2018 at 8:14:33 PM

Is this a bad time to say owning the 4th game on Steam gives you a 20% off coupon for 5 until the end of the year?

Nov 30th 2018 at 8:35:25 PM

-checks Steam account pronto because I bought EPB 4 awhile ago-

-deep breath- FIGH-TIIIIIIIING GOOOOOOOOLLLD!!!!
VutherA Thank you, Monty Oum. from Canada Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
Jan 28th 2019 at 4:18:23 AM

Okay, impressions now that I'm... about halfway(?) through the game:

  • More tutorializing than the earlier games, but mostly about fairly obvious stuff
  • Enemy respawning has been cut down. You need to zone to for them to respawn, and even then only a handful will. I think only like half the chest guards will?
    • I think some summons might be missable because of this
  • There's too many damn summons. Early game you'll be trying to catch something pretty much every battle, and choosing which to equip is a pain
    • They're not really that useful, though
  • AP curve seems to be reversed from 4— skills level rapidly early on before slowing down later
    • Skill leveling is especially important this time around, since it unlocks alternate attack forms (and I feel like damage grows faster?)
      • This makes extra skills hard to use, since by the time you have many you're more likely to be focusing on the regular skills
    • Much better about late characters having enough AP and skill levels. They're a bit behind, but not useless for half the game the way Lance was in 4
  • Character balance:
    • I think Matt's stronger than usual? Helps make up for having minimal multi-target attacks
    • Anna and Lance have stats that correspond to what they do now
      • Anna's generally a lot more usable than I remember her being in 4
      • Lance hits like a truck, but nearly everything he does has a cooldown attached. Combined with poor elemental coverage and not having much single-target, he's hard to use much
    • Natalie is kinda weak now, outside of her light and dark attacks. There's actually a lot of design decisions that feel motivated by how powerful she could become in 4
    • Nolegs has low HP but otherwise very high defensive stats. Tanking isn't really possible, though...
      • Still useful on offense, though
  • Stat up food is now divided by character
  • Light is bizarrely common. Only Lance doesn't get native access to it, and it's generally learned pretty early
    • Wind is probably the hardest element to exploit now
  • Natalie's limit breaks are both healing-based, but she doesn't naturally learn healing skills?

Jan 31st 2019 at 4:43:24 AM

Okay, where the hell do I get the cloud boots? I've killed Snowflake (stat-decreasing ailments are busted), achieved 100% map completion, looted all but the final door of the Grand Gallery (that's not happening), and found three glitched areas. Is it a code thing? Do I need to find another glitch area? Behind a paywall? Or did I just just overlook something?

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Jan 31st 2019 at 6:25:16 AM

Did you see the stone blocks with the dots on it? Those corresponds with the pedestals you have to put the flowers on.

Jan 31st 2019 at 6:44:34 AM

...Goddamnit. I knew about them (and got one), but had been hoping it didn't gate anything major. Time to comb all the previous areas and take notes this time, I guess

Jan 31st 2019 at 10:15:20 PM

Game overed for the first time to the final boss. ...I'm not sure I like this game enough to go for a second try. Like, I could probably win if I use 9 lives once the boss charges up, but that is not a fun fight

Assorted thoughts now that I'm basically done:

  • Matt's still the least useful character. Not especially strong, no aoe, little ability to status
  • Anna can do basically everything really well
  • Anna and Lance have a bunch of weapons that switch which damage stat is higher, but none of the extra skills are useful enough for this to be worthwhile
  • I hate the new buff mechanics
  • The game really emphasizes collecting for the sake of collecting
  • It's nice that the map is accurate and that you can mark it, but the fact that stores and warp points aren't marked already is aggravating
  • The fast travel system is really not very well set up
  • Needs more bosses with gimmicks

So yeah, this is a good game. Charming, very impressive for a solo project, and a bit too bloated for me to quite consider it great

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