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  1. Holyhogg, I just started Heavensward the other day too! Loving it so far after the horrible grind of realm reborn and the inbetween stuff. Then to my horror I discovered they're tightening up a lot of that grind in the next patch - grrrrr. But hey, I got it to keep me sane in lockdown and its done a good job of that so far. Realm Reborn and its post-game overall isn't bad by any means, but the main story quest really drags and doesn't hold up well to play it non-stop like I have. The highlights are the dungeons and environments, the writing is good but the story itself takes ages to get going, and even then isn't very interesting. Also its very easy as you are constantly overlevelled and overgeared thanks to all the subsequent exp boosts since release. But its all a leadup to the expansions which so far are living up to the hype with the story getting much more interesting and the characters and writing better. The HW environments are awesome and the story is engaging so far, with good characters and the pacing is much, much better with far fewer crappy quests. The voice acting change was very jarring for me too and I was gutted about some of the actor losses, like Melwyb who was awesome, Yda and Alipheau, who I wasn't super keen on but as he talks so much its very strange for him to have a different voice now. I read up on it and apparently they changed voice acting companies after realm reborn which is why hardly any of the original cast return. On the plus side some of the voices are great and from what I read, the voice acting quality is a lot better overall. There were some really dubious voices in the original, people like Minfilia for example. It will definitely take time to get used to though. I joined a friendly FC on Moogle but as you can imagine there aren't many other newbs around. The duty finder is great though and I never have problems getting into dungeons, even as DPS. Even if the queues are quite long sometimes its usually not a problem at all as you can just plough on with the story, side quests, gold saucer, hunting log, or just hang out with FC members. The only thing that bothers me from the social side is that there is no point in partying up on the overworld as its more geared around solo play, particularly the quest balancing is just way too easy with multiple members. There's no real reason to party up outside of dungeons and raids, which is a big shame as it was a great way to meet people in FFXI and very necessary to actually carve a path from A to B. It will be interesting to see if the patch makes Realm Reborn much better. Personally I wouldn't necessarily recommend it as its so easy and overall quite boring, but that's if you just go for the main story. The problem is that you learn so much about the world and the characters, just jumping ahead with a level skip potion to an expansion I imagine will lose a lot of the experience. You can watch old cutscenes in a book in the inn (including I've been told if you use the level skip potions), but there are so many other incidental conversations and cutscenes you would probably miss a lot.
  2. ZTD is a really mixed bag. Compared to the other games its really jarring but as a kind of standalone its pretty good on its own merit. The story and characters and structure are nothing compared to the first two games but it really comes together towards the end. If only they'd had the budget and it hadn't been rescued from the bowels of death it could have been really special. As it stands its still entertaining just in a different way to the first two games. The cutscenes are really lowfi but along with the music they do manage to capture a very cinematic atmosphere the first two games never had. Really curious whether the next Ukioshi game will be any good, I finished watching a playthrough of VLR recently and I'm just dying for a really complex story like that again - AI Somnium Files was good but I love all the twists and turns and death game stuff. Pleeease let it be good!
  3. Quite often the wall people hit, including me, is that you need to go through every vote choice at the start of the game, and also in the shower section have every outcome between the teams which means playing through it multiple times. You can see on the flowchart there are some little icons which show the shower choice iirc. Doing all this stuff should unlock new fragments. Googling is very dangerous for the Zero Escape games!
  4. Never visiting Hullaballoo again. It stinks like **** now! And tell me this, who is going to sit on that cushion. It's just asking for problems. Remember all we can eat is fruit! I've reached that point where I've ran out of stuff to do, I'm pretty happy with my island and home so only popping on every few days to check the shops and whatnot. Maybe once I've accumulated a bunch more items I'll create a new area on the island or reonovate a room, but for now I'm happy to take a bit of a break and play it the classic way. I can't complain though, even considering there's a ton of AFK time on the clock I'm standing at over 340 hours, which however you dice it is a crazy amount of value for a game which isn't even an MMO or competitive shooter. I popped in today and already my neighbours were like "oh I'm glad we're still talking, I thought I'd done something wrong" Damn you Nintendoooooo!
  5. If anyone gets a decent price this afternoon I'm lookin' to sell!
  6. Yep good article. I've been pretty impressed with the fashion side of things, even though its something that doesn't interest me too much normally. I quite often find myself stopping in front of other players and going into first person view just to check out their appearance. With the dyes and sheer amount of clothing that seems to be on offer, everyone looks different although its all tied together in that distinctive style. Even the lowest level scrubs look good in their basic armour. I'm an Archer and as soon as I started getting new gear I could look at my character stood next to higher level folk and thinking, damn, I almost look as good as these guys already! I've even started putting a few dyes on. Compared to FF11 where in your role you were stuck on the same armour sets and everyone looked the same, this is a breath of fresh air. I've not even begun going down the rabbit hole of glamours as I'm getting new gear so often, but its a great concept and I've seen loads of high level players running around in casual gear or just plain weird stuff weilding massive weapons which looks awesome. It legit has the coolest looking clothing/armour in any RPG I've played.
  7. I'm sure everyone else will join me in thanking @Jamie John and the other folks like @MagicalDrop who helped organise this. It was a lot of fun and really spurred a lot of us to improve our islands. Plus its a great excuse to go and really look around people's islands properly and appreciate them! And in the midst of lockdown it was nice to have a enjoyable project to work on, even though it is virtual it put the old brain cells and imagination to use. Congrats to the finalists and looking forward to after the finals when hopefully they will open up for us all to come marvel at their slices of paradise!
  8. Thanks for all the tips! I've got two hotbars set up, one for combat and one for towns/getting from A to B. I'll need to set up another hot bar soon as my combat one's almost full and rotate them in combat. I have a usb keyboard plugged in which I plop on my lap for chatting in dungeons etc. It's not the most comfortable setup in an armchair but typing with the pad is too painful so I don't mind picking up the keyboard now and again! A fellowship is basically an in-game message board, use the fellowship search function to get started, there's a couple of good ones there and some of them organise events and stuff. Seems like a good way to meet new players. I'm not planning to get into free companies yet though as they provide exp boosts and stuff which is the opposite of what I need right now! But looks fun for the future with guild houses you can buy and kit out, special gear and so on. I''ve been in a slog the last few days, the main quest is really dragging between level 25-30 with loads of fetch quests and the annoying slyphs. Thankfully its led me to some cool new areas though like southern thanalan which is all mesas, and right now I've just been to the western edges of the shroud where its all rocky and majestic as it reaches towards the highlands, and a town on a lake. Its pretty cool. To keep sane I've been playing a lot of triple triad which I love, I was addicted to it in FF8 and this is no different. I love the new rule sets they introduced although I can only have 1 rare in my deck which is bullshit. And also the drop rates of new cards from NPCs for beating them seems ridiculously low unless I'm missing something! I'll be on the rest of the evening so hit me up, and yes Hogg it would be fun to have some company for some dungeons etc, if anyone has any level 30ish characters on Moogle, or don't mind redoing old dungeons when I come across them, feel free to join too!
  9. I should note I've had no pressure about watching cutscenes, although I do feel a bit guilty making everyone wait while I watch! It's more as the dungeons are getting more complex, I have no time to explore. Like last night we were in the south forest dungeon with the spiders and its like a maze, but we skipped most of it because the leader knew exactly where to go. I can't run off to side rooms on my lonesome and let the party who is charging ahead deal with stuff without me. Ideally I need to find some other moons around my level so we can go in fresh and take our time a bit. I barely even have time to take in my surroundings half the time because we're always in combat. And we seem to skip a lot of treasure chests which are easily reachable. Does anyone here play on console? I'm on ps4 and having difficulty switching to the correct targets when there's lots of mobs and a full party in play. Often deselecting your target and retargeting will end up targeting a teammate or the wrong mob. Any tips or other controls I should know about (I use dpad for cycling). Can someone invite me to the relevant rllmuk linkshell please? Also happy to accept friend invites. My character is Jigsawn Wiles on Moogle server (PSN name Jigsawn).
  10. So I did end up picking up the full game, I'll post impressions another time. Got a question though. I've started at the start and up to about level 25 now. Am I right in saying they increased exp rewards and starting gear for new players? I've been powering through very fast and honestly it's mostly been way too easy because I'm overlevelled. I've even been sticking mainly to the mainline story quests but even now I'm still 4 levels or something above the mainline quest level requirements (I didn't even equip the gear that gives you exp boosts). It is starting to get a bit harder now. Another issue I have is that in the dungeons I'm having no time to explore or learn, take in the lore or anything because everyone already knows the dungeons and just races through in the optimal route. Is there any way I can alleviate this or hook up with other noobs so we can experience it fresh? I'm on a 'blind' players in game message board but its not very active.
  11. I don't have a problem with it, I just think its an interesting design choice because it splits the players in terms of progression. I'm into game design so it's fun to look at the reasoning and results of those choices. I also find the player psychology interesting, for example the only reason I started going for big turnip hauls was because I was playing the game so much I kept running out of storage and rooms to play with. So I was always desperate to pay off the house loans so I could do more stuff in the game because I was loving it.
  12. @Jamie John I can get you a light switch, remind me this evening and I'll send you one.
  13. If anyone wants to come and see my island in its competition entry state, feel free to pop over. Sahara is wandering around, there's a few recipes on the front path up for grabs too. Jiggy at Shadyglade, Dodo Code 7K3QF I'll try and keep open for a few hours at least and will update this post with new codes if I open again later today.
  14. If anyone wants to come and see my island in its competition entry state, feel free to pop over (judging for the competition is done now). Sahara is wandering around, there's a few recipes on the front path up for grabs too. Jiggy at Shadyglade, Dodo Code 7K3QF
  15. @mikeyl thanks for the tune, oh Great Leader!
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