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About jrdemr

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    But then the Internet got fast... and ruined everything

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  1. Devil May Cry 5 Highway to Hell Complete the game on Hell and Hell mode. Whew... finally done with this one. DMC 5 is possibly the hardest Devil May Cry game to date! Well, at least I got Hell and Hell out of the way... now to relax a bit with Heaven or Hell...
  2. Hack-and-slash games. Can't even tell you how sore my fingers get when I'm actually trying to play decently.
  3. I generally do a "for fun" playthrough first while also looking at trophy guides just to see if there aren't any missable or otherwise pain in the ass trophies to get. Then after that, I focus on getting every unlockable, including trophies. I don't generally do any breaks in between games (i find that, that way, it's easier for you to keep your skills in the game as sharp as possible) unless the game is so absolutely massive that it's just impossible for me not to have a little something in between. Case in point: the Persona games.
  4. Wholeheartedly agree. While I don't exactly think DLC is a bad idea on paper, it's reached a point where the fact that the game is being carved out and sold to you piecemeal is clear as day for anyone to see. The AAA industry is treating DLC as if it's some kind of duty, that a game somehow isn't complete without a shit ton of different packs for you to purchase separately (when ironically, it's precisely the opposite). I grew increasingly frustrated with the omnipresence of DLC in every. Single. Fucking. Game that now I just buy the big expansions and ignore everything else. I'm just dead tired of all the nickel-and-diming. I think the straw that broke the camel's back was, like I previously told you, the Atlus games. I love Atlus games to death, but ever since 2014, the amount of DLC they've been selling for each of their games has been downright ridiculous. It made me realize that I don't need all of this crap and that, apart from the big expansions, I mostly didn't even use whatever I bought. I just got all of those packs for a sense of completion. To feel as if I had the entire game. Well, no more. That said, there's still the rare developer here and there that still uses DLC as the modern-day equivalent of the old expansion packs, and even then, only when absolutely necessary. CD Projekt Red comes to mind. And despite all of the shit Ubisoft's done in the past, the Season Pass for Assassin's Creed Odyssey has a boatload of content for its price, even including two whole remasters of previous AC games. Some games are also great fits for the DLC model. I've been having a lot of fun with the Taiko no Tatsujin games, and yet, I only have two of them. Why? Because they keep selling a lot of new songs as DLC over a long period of time, invalidating the need to buy an entirely new game. It just makes the old game bigger. Fighting games can also just add new characters as DLC, foregoing the need to clear a new game all over again - you just keep what you already have and just add the new characters. I go physical as much as possible as I realize there's no real advantage to digital, but if digital's the only option you have for a specific game... well, there's just no helping it, then, is there? I also got The Legend of Korra digitally as it was the only way to purchase the game. Precisely why I've been sticking to Japanese games, which have been going through a renaissance lately. That said, just because two games' "skeletons" are very similar, that doesn't mean the execution can't be vastly different, and that can make all the difference in the world. All great points ๐Ÿ‘
  5. I don't think I really like this assumption on your part, especially when I just said I wouldn't let online trophies deter me from getting a game I like... ๐Ÿ˜… I mean, you're right, I wouldn't get Far Cry: New Dawn, but not because of the single offline trophy (as if that ever stopped me before), just because it doesn't interest me as a game ๐Ÿ˜‚ When I do encounter the occasional online trophy, all I do is use an alternate account and use its free 14-day PS+ trail period. I do refuse to pay for it out of principle, even if it means an incomplete trophy list. Trophies are fun and all, but they're not the main reason I play games in the first place. Thankfully, yes, like you said, online trophies are getting rarer and easier to get. Fair enough ๐Ÿ˜… I do follow Jim Sterling on YouTube, so I do know all of the bullshit that goes on in the AAA gaming world. The reason I'm enjoying this generation so much is... well, I'm kind of over the American games (for all of the reasons you just said). I'm mostly focusing on the Japanese games right now. I find that they're going back to what really made them great during the PS2 days and I'm enjoying myself greatly. That said, yes, the crazy amount of DLC is extremely grating. The Atlus games I like so much have so much of it that they put me off from getting DLC in games altogether. Right now, I just get the big expansions and tell everything else to go screw itself. (I don't buy a single microtransaction out of principle, no game I ever bought had advertising, I don't really care about pre-order bonuses and special editions and I most certainly refuse to get any "live service" game). I mean... yeah, when you take away the stuff that makes games different, of course stuff is going to look similar... ๐Ÿ˜…
  6. The only reason "it was bound to happen" was because Microsoft did it and Sony saw how people were willing to fork over their cash just so that they could play online and thought they'd get in on the gravy train. Heck, Nintendo would also never do it considering their spotty relationship with online play, but then they saw they were the only ones not getting any money from all those monthly subscriptions and got a bad case of FOMO. While I would like being able to get online trophies and having cloud saves, I don't think Plus is really worth it for me. I do like my trophy lists complete, but if I can't get the online trophies, I don't really mind all that much. I'll just get the trophies for the part of the game I actually bought the game for. While cloud saves are convenient, considering I can just make offline backups, it isn't strictly necessary. And just as you said, since I hate digital games, the free monthly games don't do anything for me. I have no interest in playing 98% of them anyway, so... Neither do I. But I do think that, with the exception of exclusively online-focused games, no trophy list should contain online trophies since that automatically puts a timer on the Platinum. If the main draw of your game is the single-player portion, then just make all of your trophies offline. I don't like it either, but I want to at least try if the trophies aren't a complete and total pain in the ass. I like my trophy lists complete and I've actually got all of the online trophies for all of my games so far. And with boosting, at least you get the more complicated online trophies out of the way as fast as possible instead of having to rely on sheer dumb luck. Funnily enough, all of the trophies I haven't been able to get so far were all offline ๐Ÿ˜… And the reason I wasn't able to get them was due to them either being huge, boring grinds or just requiring Bruce Lee-like reflexes. Well, at least I can always go back and try my luck again whenever I feel like it instead of having to rely on the servers being open or the population being active. Agreed. I think, with the the exception of some games by the big publishers, the PS4 has being going back to what made the PS2 generation so great - compelling, original single player experiences that rely on the developers' imaginations rather than on the unpredictability of multiplayer modes, which is obviously reflected on the trophy lists. I've been having a lot of fun with this generation and it doesn't look like it'll stop any time soon.
  7. And then there's me, who got the remastered versions specifically so that the trophy list would be completely offline ๐Ÿ˜…
  8. I will admit I did make some friends while boosting online trophies, but it's still pretty stressful to me having to coordinate with someone under strict circumstances just to get a trophy. I just want to go home, play a game, and not worry about schedules, play time, coordinating, closing servers, population... I prefer depending on myself and myself only. In a way, I find that even harder trophies are a way to make myself play the game in ways I normally wouldn't, or to challenge myself and make me be better at the game. Even if I become frustrated at the time, I like the challenge and feel exhilarated when I actually do get the trophy, hence why I will at least give a shot to any trophy that sounds even slightly feasible for me*, offline or otherwise. The reason I don't like online trophies in particular is because I no longer depend on myself alone to get them... but I will try to get them anyway just as I would all the other harder offline trophies (I have actually been able to get pretty much all online trophies for all of my games so far). And I think you're putting too much emphasis on the fact that I called online trophies "stupid" ๐Ÿ˜… It's basically because there's a lot of additional barriers to get those trophies that have nothing to do with the game itself that I think they shouldn't exist. The lack of online trophies makes the trophy list pretty much eternally achievable. By the way, since you mentioned hating speed run trophies, and I know you like the Uncharted games... how did those trophy lists go for you? ๐Ÿ˜‰ *(I do know when something's just way out of my league, however. I mean, you only need to look at "The Ones That Got Away" section on my trophy checklist. I draw the line when something requires hundreds of hours of mindless grind or Bruce Lee-like reflexes).
  9. Yes, though shit. If I want to play the game, I'm still going to play it regardless of whether I can get the Platinum or not. I'm not exactly entertaining the idea that I'm entitled to the Platinum trophy and much less that a game isn't worth playing if I can't get it. And I will agree that most PS4 online trophies are a lot more lenient. Still, that doesn't mean online trophies aren't a terrible idea, especially considering that you now have to pay extra to even be able to get them. I think developers should be a bit more forward-thinking and consider that their servers aren't going to last forever, that their servers' populations also aren't going to last forever and that not all people get their stuff around release date. I'm not quite sure why you brought that up here considering I didn't (or how you even remember it in the first place), but with the exception of "The Legend of Korra", which was digital-only, I've been able to get all of my games physically. I don't really think I'm limiting myself considering I can get pretty much everything I want at a fair price without being dependent on sales. Also, this way, I actually own my games rather than just a license to play them. I can go back to versions 1.00 if I want to and I can also easily lend, give or sell my games if I want to. I don't really see any disadvantage in being physical-only.
  10. Sorry, but I just can't agree. Nothing but a huge headache to me if I'm going for the Platinum. I'm an exclusively single-player gamer, so being forced to go online (and worst of all, having to pay for it!) if I want to get the Platinum is just a big source of frustration for me. If I could play every game exactly as I did back in the Playstation 2 days (exclusively offline), that'd would be my dream come true. Thankfully, online trophies are pretty much gone from the games I play, so I haven't had that headache much lately. I think the only games that I have for the PS4 that have online trophies are Dragon Ball FighterZ (and I got a friend of mine who's a huge fighting game expert to get those for me), Assassin's Creed Unity and Uncharted 4. I'll probably get the free PS+ period on one of my alternate accounts when I get to those two games (they're still in my backlog) and get the trophies out of the way as fast as I can. Glad you're enjoying yourself online, though!
  11. Well, yes, I don't like them. Because there are a ton of reasons why online trophies are stupid: They automatically put a time limit on a Platinum considering every game's online servers will inevitably shut down at some point. You now have to pay extra to get the Platinum considering online play is now locked behind a paywall You now no longer depend entirely on yourself to get the Platinum, considering you now also have to take into account the skill of other players, how populated the servers are at any given moment, and even how good the game's servers and netcode are. I cannot even begin to tell you how absolutely infuriating an experience it was getting the Platinum trophy for Assassin's Creed Brotherhood just because how how bad the servers were. Not being able to join multiplayer for no reason, players that weren't able to join my session for no reason...
  12. Not really Sony's fault if some developers make stupid trophies. (Then again, it is Sony's fault for copying Microsoft and locking online play behind a paywall).
  13. So I finally finished reading my first series entirely in Japanese (Dragon Ball Full Color edition) and I couldn't be more proud of myself and the progress I've made ๐Ÿ˜Š


    Even though I've passed JLPT N2, I still don't have all that much Japanese reading experience (hence why reading was the section where I scored the least on the test) and when I started, it was a truly "baby steps" kind of experience. And even though Dragon Ball is extremely easy to read, I realized while reading it that I still didn't know some expressions, especially some informal contractions, and some vocabulary. I did realize, however, that by the time I finished, my reading speed had pretty much quadrupled and that I looked at the dictionary far, far less than when I started. Considering that I originally started reading the series one year ago almost to the day as practice for JLPT N2 and that not only has my reading speed increased but also my confidence to read in Japanese, I'd say my objectives were pretty much fulfilled.


    It was also an excuse to finally read through the gorgeous Full Color edition of the manga xD



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    2. AlchemistWer


      Actually I really like Kanjis and learn more about the grammar strucure behind the language, the problemย at least to me are the academy in general, here where I live are very slow.

    3. jrdemr


      @AlchemistWer I had the same problem. The further I progressed, the less students we had and the harder it was to continue with the lessons. At some point, I just had enough of it, said fuck it, and just asked my teacher to give me private lessons, and that's how I got most of my Japanese education.

    4. AlchemistWer


      That is actually something I would like to do as well in a future maybe with more grammar level and after move to private lessons.

  14. There really should be an easier way for us to delete DLC on the PS4 without having to delete the entire game. I mean, the PS3 could do it...

    1. Dreggit


      "It is not possible toย removeย aย DLCย separately once it was installed on theย PS4. Toremoveย aย DLC, you will need toย uninstallย the full game and thenย reinstallย it without theย DLC."


      Aww poo. At the very least I hope PS5 allows it

    2. lordguwa


      i think i had to do a complete reinstall without a certain DLC because i learned the hard way. save was fine but if i wanted to see the automation DLC for fallout 4 to work right i had to do that. at worst i lost a day from that.

  15. My first console was the original Game Boy. My first home console was a Sega Saturn.