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Was watching this documentary last night and found it pretty cool that I felt like sharing.
With yakuza's 15 year anniversary coming up in December they did an interview with Nagoshi-san and he offered some really cool insight on how he approaches making the Yakuza games and how it all started. A lot of which you might already know if you're a fan of the series but he mentions a few others that probably weren't discussed before.
Highly recommend you check it out if you're a Yakuza fan or just interested about learning what goes on behind the scenes in games in general. It's a bit long at 25 mins and you need to turn on captions unless you're fluent in Japanese. Enjoy!
Been slowly tackling this game as of late. Pretty busy these days.
With that said it's such a good game and it seems I started it at the perfect time. We all need a linear game every now and then to unwind a bit when things get hectic.
Anyway, story, music and scenery is pretty darn good especially when you consider this is an AA game. I spent quite a bit of time in photo mode and captured some beatiful moments (and even gnarly moments) which I think I may post later.
Other than that, I have nothing else to say other than I just want to give some appreciation here as I was a bit skeptical when I first started it.
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@Spaz Hope you like it. It's nothing revolutionary in terms of gameplay and in fact the AI leaves a bit to be desired but the story, the setting and the music makes up for it imo. A game doesn't have to be perfect to be enjoyable.
@Yuna4353 that's a lot of games to play at once! I can't do that but glad to see it's working for you.
@Stan Lee right? It's just simple but elegant. I know it's not really the same (or at all lol) but it reminds me of the early uncharteds in terms of simplicity minus the shooting of course.
Everything feels simple but there is some beauty in linear games that you don't always get with open world games which quite frankly can get a bit repetitive at times so games like these are a nice break.
@PooPooBlast yea it is, mainly Cold Steel 4 been taking a backseat, but when you have many games to get to it good to play some just in case of burnout from my rpgs because I can get burnout that why I gave AI a try
After my Yakuza 7 copy arrived yesterday, I didn't get a chance to have a proper look at the cover and what's included insid the case. So... Upon checking today this is what I found and this why I love the devs.
They included my homeboy nugget in there
#150 Yakuza 6
So this is Kiryu's finale eh? Somebody must be cutting onions :'). Such a silly thing to be kind of sad about but this is what happens when you collectively invest just over a 1000 hours if we take into account the other RGG games.
But alas, all things have a beginning, middle and end. What a journey folks... Well.. Yakuza 7 will be arriving tomorrow. Going to take a small break from the series, recharge the batteries and have another stab at it soon!
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@Spaz thanks! If you happen to like the series I suggest just playing them in order that the numbers are in and good news is that all mainline titles are now on the ps4. (All 0-7)
So with that I recommend you play 3,4,5 on ps4. Bear in mind those are remasters of a 2009,2010 and 2012 games and not a remake collection so a couple of things might feel a bit rough around the edges compared to yakuza 0,1,2. But it's nothing too bad imo and if you happen to enjoy 0-2, then chances are you'll like 3-5. Otherwise your opinion will likely not change with playing 3-5 if you didn't enjoy 0-2.
One last thing, if you happen to really like the series, Judgment is made by the same team and is a more recent game that follows the same formula as those Yakuza games which I recommend
You play the role of a disgraced lawyer who happened to have acquitted a guy who committed murder after his release and from there you sort of retire and become a detective instead.
However, many years later some murders pop up which tie in with the guy you acquitted and it turns out he was innocent. You get sucked in back to that world to prove his innocence and capture the real bad guy. Of course that's a subplot. There's also a whole of bunch of others involving the Yakuza a bit and other themes I won't spoil.
Edit: oh and if you really really want to try out some more games from the same team, then fist of the north star lost paradise is another one. It's a game adapted from the long running show Fist of the north..
So yea you can have a look at those and see if those games are up your alley
Wasn't planning on recording my Amon run but here it is thanks to @Copanele. Nothing too impressive
Kinda wish I made a save before the fight so that I could've retried it and polished the run a bit but this'll do..
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Yes sir! And hahahaha I'd be lying if I said this was my first run.
So what happened is that first time I saw these drones I was like oh they're just going to keep bashing into me and breaking my combos.
Then I met those saucer things on the floor and I was like why is he bringing automatic vacuums here? . And it is an automatic vacuum because there was a substory dedicated to it..
Anyway so I go on fighting him and then I start hearing ticking noises. I'm like oh shit that's not good. I start running and KABLAMMMM EXPLOSIIONSSS. I was laughing my ass off.
And I agree!! Oh man, like usual I'm going to post my favourite tracks when I get my plat. There are lots and lots of good ones.
Just beat the game. Man what a bittersweet ending......... Though I can't help but feel that it's basically
Yakuza 5 but for real this time.. what I mean by that is Kiryu leaving the family behind again... To protect them
Also damn.. if I played this before Yakuza 7, him getting shot and collapsing would've definitely fooled me into thinking he died before the epilogue!
Well I'm in the home stretch now. Plat will be popped soon! (Sadly)
Initially wanted to play this on a ps5 but guess I'm changing mind.. eh I'll just be missing out on 60 fps but being turn-based now won't matter a great deal as combat won't require tight timing for combat counters and what not I presume
Reviews are also coming out. IGN giving it a 7 is expected. Surprisingly GameSpot gave it a 9.. overall sitting at 84 metacritic atm.
Either way couldn't give a shite about reviews and can't wait for it to arrive come Nov 10.
This substory was just too much for me . Holy hell my sides..
Getting super close with the end now. At chapter 11 atm. Hard to believe I'm wrapping up Kiryu's story after all these games.. Was planning on doing the legend playthrough skip by changing difficulty at the last moment to save myself a playthrough but I think I'm going to do it legit just to prolong the inevitable end a bit .
Been doing my best with the completion items as well. I'm still in the mindset of doing everything in the game .
No dice with Puyo though.. I've gotten wins against all but one opponent in the completion list. My highest score was 28 wins (out of 4 tries. Rest were 7 lol, 16, and 18) but she didn't spawn yet.. (she spawns only at 25+ wins).
As for the the soundtrack, it is dope as heck, as expected from the series. With that I leave you with this straight banger. Enjoy!🤘
It'll take a while to adjust to Ichiban 😬. Well I warmed up to Kenshiro from FOTNS and Takayuki from Judgment pretty quickly so hopefully it won't be too bad.
Those are dope as well! I haven't listened to the whole playlist though as I've yet to beat the story so i've been trying to avoid spoilers. I did encounter Bloodstained already and I agree with that one!
Been making great progress with the game lately. I also made up my mind to go for the 100% in-game completion just for fun because it'd feel wrong not to finish everything and move on after the plat. (plat doesn't require you to do everything).
So... Upon checking the list, everything looked straightforward and easy except Puyo which came back to haunt me after that experience I had with judgment :l..
For those who don't know, I have to beat opponents at least 25 times in a row in a single game for a chance that a specific opponent starts spawning afterwards whom I need to beat as well for the completion..
Im saying fudge it though and I'm still going to do it again! LESS GOOO!!!
Enjoying it quite a bit. On chapter 5 atm. Although imo it doesn't have that same drive that yakuza 5 had where there were multiple plot points at once and it was more complex from the beginning
Besides the Haruka incident at the beginning of the game, nothing else has happened that I felt was reeeally significant.
Still though I'm enjoying the side content a lot. Hoping the story begins to really pick up soon
So.... I was NOT prepared for the live chat minigame. . My goodness gracious...so the premise is that you get to meet women during a livestream kind of thing with people in the chat suggesting all types of.. ahem.. requests.. and in order for it to be fulfilled you have to type it out quickly before the time runs out by pressing certain button sequences.
The scenarios were just hilarious and the fact that a lot of people had online aliases like 30yearoldvirgin, niceguysfinishfirst, and IHuntBears (which made me almost lose my shit because that might be my boy Saejima xD) while Kiryu just shamelessly entered his name as Kiryu.. was gold
And then you have Kiryu typing like my parents do.. oh my god..
Freaking hilarious. Best minigame
Holy fudge cakes! 😲. It says I'm rank 875 in Canada. Is this supposed to be accurate or is psnp acting up?
Just two hours ago I was rank 1017
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Oh nice, I went up 11,000 world rankings and 500 rankings in Canada! I've noticed that the users around where I was ranked have a ton more bronze trophies than me, I think I was a good 1000 or so trophies less than most of the people around my rank, so with the new weighting on trophies, it looks liked it worked out in my favor!
If you have more platinums than the average person around your level, your rank is going to go up after the site switches everyone over to the new system since plats are worth more now. But, that said, not everyone is updated yet. So, once everyone is updated, your rank is going to go back down some from where you're at now.
#149 Root Letter
What a mixed bag this was. It had a bunch of cool concepts or laid the foundation for some interesting scenarios with its story but it just failed imo to completely satisfy me like other VNs did. It's not bad.. but it's not that great either.
Well that's cool
Where did this game come from?!
Really interested in this after watching the gameplay. That boss sequence at 3:37 was just dope as heck!!
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@cckerberosI heard that as well and apparently there are broken items that really tip the favour on your side.
Hopefully balancing issues are fixed.
My opinion on the game so far is that I wish it wasn't randomly generated and that the levels were fixed and made with intention. Makes for better level design.. on top, I also wish that the colour palette wasn't like a red smear.
Besides those two aspects, I'm digging it. Will keep an eye out for when the game releases.
By the way, do you know how exactly the game works? Meaning can you only shoot and dodge at the beats and the game won't let you do so otherwise?
I've seen a video from Skill Up about the game. He said shooting and reloading must be done on the beat. If you fail, you just lose the score multiplier. So you don't take damage like in Crypt of the Necrodancer. Also, there is an Auto Rhythm mode, where everything happens on the beat automatically, but the multiplier is disabled.
Ahh gotcha thank you!
My guess is that they probably added that mode for accessibility reasons because I heard a few people found it a bit challenging.
Saw the skill up review you mentioned and they also changed the colour palette so that was good!
Lots of time left as well for any improvements till 2021. Really excited!
Started ✓letter yesterday and I'm digging it but it has its flaws.
Art style is absolutely gorgeous. I really think it's the best art style I've seen in a VN. Soundtrack is nice but I think it's starting to repeat a bit too much for my taste and sometimes the cut from one track to another in different scenes feels a bit jarring unlike the other VNs that I played before which tend to have a smooth transition.
Story (most important part of a VN) is okay atm. I'm interested enough to keep playing but tbh the execution of the plot details, questioning people/random strangers and finding leads is a bit...
You basically track these total strangers whom you never met before based off a letter from 15 years ago. You go on questioning them, imposing your will, demanding answers and even being an asshole in the process sometimes just so that you can fulfill your curiosity of learning about a pen-pal girl from 15 years ago?
So much so you you call this lady as "chatty bitch" whom you just met for the first time because that's what the letter said about her? Or "four-eyes" to a nerdy guy wearing glasses? Da FAK!?!
Can you imagine saying this to a stranger you just met? "Oh yea you're that chatty bitch; that annoying girl from the letter that Aya Fumino referred to when she sent me this letter 15 years ago!"
Anyway, it's decent enough for me to keep playing but I'm not expecting an award winning story or anything. It's entertaining, looks visually stunning and I suppose that's enough for me to keep going.
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"Oh hey four-eyes I never met you before. Weren't you supposed to be balding and wearing glasses?"
Oh what about you gorilla? Have you seen this girl in the photo? *Gorilla proceeds to grab the main character and yank him to a teacher*
Then you have the main character complaining about he's feeling harassed .
Writing sometimes feels so weird! But eh, the VN is a shorty and tbh it was more of an excuse for me to play something quick before I delve into Yakuza 6 for #150
Part of me thinks that the translation might be off or that perhaps those tropes don't translate well or they lose their meaning that was intended in the original language or culture it came from.
So after yesterday's failed attempt at increasing my tiny backlog from the Japanese sale I did some online research and found a lot of great deals for games I was interested in
Managed to haul (on top of Shibuya scramble from the Japan sale):
- Rage 2 from EB games which hit an all time low
- Ace attorney trilogy from the ps store which was actually discounted for a while and I just noticed
- Spongebob remake from Amazon because we all need a dosage of nostalgia in our lives every now and then!
- Not a really a sale or anything but I pre-ordered Yakuza 7 because why the hell not! Both judgment and the Yakuza collection were a superb experience which I also bought day 1. Plus that steel book edition though.. couldnt resist..
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No, that makes sense. I'll occasionally not redeem a PS+ game. Like this month I didn't grab PUBG.
I don't know if you've played any of the earlier Hitman games but Absolution is an outlier. Hitman 2016 is supposed to be a return to form for the series.
The only Yakuza game I've played in English was the first. I was living in Japan when 2 through 4 came out so I switched to the Japanese versions then and I think changing now would feel pretty jarring.
I feel like translation always involves the loss of some meaning from the original (that's not a criticism; I'm a professional translator and its just the nature of the beast). Game localization can be especially rough because of time and length restrictions. What's lost isn't always important, of course. I don't think that anything significant is lost playing a Resident Evil game in English, for example. But I always try to stick to Japanese when a game's subject matter is closely related to Japanese culture.
I didn't play the previous hitman games. Just Absolution. And yea I heard. I added it to my profile for that reason but I've yet to try it out. I'll consider it in the future..
Gotcha thanks for sharing. I feel the same way (regarding your last sentence) although I can only play with English subtitles because I can't read nor comprehend the language but hearing English voices on Japanese faces in a Japanese environment breaks me out of the immersion.
Well hope you find your physical copy. I'm a collector of certain games I like so I know the feeling.
Big in Japan sale
If you guys ever need help trimming your backlog or you have to choose between getting game A or game B I'll help you choose neither
Spent a lot of my time browsing through the sale, having about 7-8 games added to the cart. Later sat down thinking about each game's pros and cons and ultimately I was left with 428 Shibuya's Scramble as recommended by @DamagingRob
Guess that's all for me.. my picky taste is both a blessing and a curse
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If you ever have time to read, I highly recommend you check out cyricz's guide here. It's very nice and gets to the point. You can click on each link to learn more about what the minigames are.
In short though:
Cee-Lo is a dice minigame where you roll 3 die in a bowl and it's up to RNG to win (you can get cheat items and it's the way to go anyway). Your point is based on the non identical dice. For example if you roll 5,5,2 your point is 2. If you roll 1,1,6 your point score is 6 and so on
You can get special combos like 1,2,3 which causes you to lose 3x what you get IIRC. 2 or 3x can't remember. On the other side you can win big if you roll triplets like 1,1,1 which is called snake eyes, or other certain combos which are explained in the game.
Koi-koi: is a card minigame. It's played with a Japanese deck. There are two types and I typically choose the hanafuda deck just because I'm used to it. Again.. there are certain hands you have to form to score points to win in which the game explains.
Overall it's not really hard. It's just time consuming and you have to take some time to learn those new minigames which are explained either in the game itself or is well documented in various guides online.
Lose 2-3x what you bet*
South park FBW
Started this game a few days ago and the intro felt a little lacking.
However the content really started picking up once you enter the church (without saying any spoilers) and took it to new levels in that strip club mission. My god I haven't laughed like that in ages
Also later, I entered a bar and met PC Principle, a walking parody about today's society on racism and that skit had me rolling .
Safe to say, this game is finally delivering.
Depression simulator is done! Phew! Definitely a must read if you're a fan of VNs but I really need something uplifting to play so Im going all the way to the other extreme and booting South park fractured butt hole .
Been reading this VN for a looong time now (easily 25-30 hours) and was pretty much withholding any thoughts until I at least finished my first playthrough but damn... chapter 8 got me big time..
For now I'll just say I've been completely hooked and can't say I've been bored once unlike a lot of other VNs where I have to wait a bit to get the meaty parts.
I feel like I want to talk a bit about how twisted and dark some of the murders and situations get. I'll keep it spoiler free and I'll say this: I'm never one to get scared in horror movies but I'd be lying if I said the game didn't succeed in making me feel uncomfortable.. (at least I know I'm a normal human being and not a psychopath ).
But yes.. chapter 8 is beyond fudged.... Whereas I thought that the positive delusions you can experience in the game were super weird and turn sexual quickly (thanks to Miyashiro's perverted mind; think itarou hashida from Steins gate), the game slowly starts shifting from those moments. After all the fudged up things that happened so far I think I'm yearning for those to come back now ..
But yes... Chaos child.. twisted twisted story but I can't stop reading...
I realized that in my sentence I made it seem like I finished a playthrough but haha not yet. I am close though.
And yea I've been following a guide, the one used in pst.org.
It's completely spoiler free. And even if I did a blind playthrough, you can easily consult a guide and use if to get the remaining endings. Game has a feature where you can skip the parts you read quickly.
And thanks. It's a weird kind of enjoyment. The story gets pretty dark at times as a warning.. definitely not for the feint of heart but thankfully there are some light-hearted moments to break those segments up into digestible pieces to handle.
@PooPooBlast That makes me happy to get to do it at some point.
#146 Shadow Warrior 2!
Highly recommended! A little bit of a departure from the old school shooter but was very fun nonetheless. Just 3 games remaining before I delve into Yakuza 6.. On that note, not sure if I should make Yakuza like a dragon a milestone as well . We'll see..
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The actual old school isn’t going to really attract people. I can still play Duke Nukem 3D because I simply grew up on that game. Somebody who is age 18 - 22 is probably going to look at that as too archaic. Especially if they didn’t start gaming until the PS3/360 generation.
I started back in 1992 - 1993. I have a bunch of old SEGA games on my profile, partly because of nostalgia but also because I loved them as a kid. I’m also 32 years old so I was basically the cutoff point. Some guy born in 1994 - 2000 is probably not going to be familiar with that old stuff, so they’ll more likely play the modern Call of Duty stuff.
Shadow Warrior 1 & 2 should be fun. Honestly I treat DOOM 2016 the same way I treated Wolfenstein The New Order/The Old Blood. Very fun games, but not very representative of the old games they drew inspiration from. Same with Shadow Warrior. They are all reboots for the newer generation of gamers.
@FearlessElle thanks, appreciate it
In case you're wondering I found a shortcut online which helped tremendously with the grind. Wish I knew about this even earlier
@Spaz I feel like a lot of games in the past just won't cut it for today's standards. If you made an old school shooter even if it was fun, people might criticise it for having no story, being short or lacking complexity, etc. and that it's not worth the full price.
People might even call it lazy. The thing is that back then people used to replay a small selection of games over and over because not everybody could afford a giant library and that games were simpler, easier to pick up, and complete in one sitting which is helpful because not everyone owned memory cards.. this was enough for a lot of people including me. I grew up with a small selection of games on the ps2.
For better or worse, technology has advanced and today games are packed with features that didn't exist back then, some of which are great like autosaves and some of which aren't, like tacked on rpg mechanics.
I feel like even 10 years from now, we'll look back and say, oh look at shadow warrior 2! That game was "old school." It's a never ending cycle. Every couple of years things change and people who grew up in a certain time period will feel attached to that time period
80s kids will like the 80s, 90s kids will like the 90s, 20s kids will like the 20s
I'm pretty fed up with open world games having to be 50 - 100 hour vistas. I will agree with most that Assassin's Creed Odyssey is a good game, but there is a lot that probably didn't need to be there. I've debated for a long while now in getting Red Dead Redemption 2. I love the original, it's probably my favorite title from the PS3 era. I've watched streamers on Twitch play RDR2, and while it looks fantastic, it looks like a massive chore. 150 - 200 hours? Just too much to handle.
Assassin's Creed 2 and infamous 1 - 2 had the perfect balance. Might even think of doing those games again on an alt account.
Shadow Warrior is definitely a throwback to the older stuff and because of it's simplicity that could be a reason why it wasn't as popular as it could of been. People today want Call of Duty, Battlefield, Fortnite, Overwatch, Fall Guys because they are multiplayer. I don't like that stuff. I played enough multiplayer doing World of Warcraft before I decided to quit.
With the PS2 I was old enough to go out and buy the games on my own. Still I didn't have as much because I was going to college and working. There were no cheap Steam like deals with the PS2. So I ended up renting a lot of my games from Blockbuster. A few games like Tony Hawk's Pro Skater Underground I ended up buying after trying it out by renting it.
I don't like a lot of the newer stuff. Some 17 - 18 year old kid out there is going to say they're the best stuff every conceived. And that's fine, because I'm now of an older generation.
10 years from now the kids of today who will turn 25 - 35 years old will go 'Remember how awesome Fortnite was?' I will just go back and tell them it was complete crap. Of course, my opinion.
Sorry, got on a rambling mood.
After a few days of not playing anything and just planning what to play next, I decided to try shadow Warrior 2.
First thing that hit me was the main menu soundtrack. Came out of nowhere and was a pleasant surprise!
I mean even the in-game OST is phenomenal and very atmospheric.
Anyway, few takeaways after playing it for 3 hours or so:
- Disabling chromatic aberration, depth of field and film grain is a must. They just make the game look flat out ugly imo!
- Graphics look very nice but it comes at the cost of decreasing the framerate to a locked 30 fps vs the 60 fps in the original
- there's a giant loot system now that imo sort of complicates the simple formula of the first game which made it really enjoyable because it was old school without too many bells and whistles. There's just too much garbage you get to pick up that you have to sort and sell. Not a fan of that.
- However, the large weapon variety is great and that's something I can fall behind. Feels really satisfying wielding two swords or a giant chainsaw to hack demons.
- While I've visited a bunch of cool areas, I think the procedural generation aspect of the map might make it look a bit too samey vs the first game which was handmade and looked unique.
Overall I think the second game took more steps forward than backwards in terms of gameplay and quality from the first but as an overall package I'm going to have to wait and finish the game before I decide which is better.
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As a whole Vanquish isn't that hard. It's the last wave in Challenge 6 that kills most people and their motivation in getting the platinum.
You definitely need to use the L2 + X technique because he technically does a boost roll, which makes a big difference between whether you get shot by the Bogey's lasers or not. Even so the final wave requires your full attention as the two Bogey's can destroy you in a matter of moments.
Had a lot of fun with that game. Maybe in the future I'll buy the 2 in 1 pack (Bayonetta + Vanquish) PS4, hopefully they are proper remasters and not some lazy copy paste job.
Super Meat Boy.... I don't need to explain that one.
I guess after Heroic difficulty in Shadow Warrior, Mein Leben in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is the next step up for me.
Yeah.... just need to reduce my backlog.
Shadow Warrior is a reboot of the old Shadow Warrior from 1997. Many people don't know about that game because Duke Nukem 3D and Half Life back in the day got all the attention.
I watched some Let's Plays of the game, definitely has that old school feel to it. Will have to wait for a sale to pop up and hopefully I'll have a bunch of games finished by that point.
#145 MW2 Remastered
Thanks PS Plus for giving me the chance to re-experience my favourite COD. Such a good game!
Just a tip for those who have yet to play the game and are going for the Immortal Trophy: Resuming a mission from the main menu after quitting because you had to go for whatever reason, counts as a checkpoint! I was scratching my head when the trophy didn't pop when I beat the campaign and I remembered I clicked resume game in the cliffhanger mission in which the trophy popped after I completed it.
Onto the next!
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Congratulations! Definitely the best Modern Warfare out of the three that came back then, wouldn't you agree?
Just out of curiosity, do you remember how big is the download for this one? I have both Remasters thanks to PS+, but their huge ass download size kind of deters me off from playing them. 😅
@Honor_Hand Thanks! Definitely agree on this one without a doubt! Mentioned that in my MRP post too
The download file is anywhere between 47-49 GB with all patches. Can't remember the exact number. It's pretty large but COD isn't exactly known for compressing their data or caring to have smaller file sizes
Good luck with the platinum! It is a great game for sure but I still enjoyed the first part better or actually liked both of them 😀 Those Christmas designed enemies in this one and the ability to freeroom was nice! Also having coop is definitely a positive thing 😬
Sorry I meant to write it in your SW2 post haha excuse me!