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RogerRoger

@KratosMD Thanks for the information, particularly about where to play Festival of Blood as the PSN bundle wasn't specific, and I thought it was an expansion to the first game, so I'd have played it first and been rather confused as a result. Bullet dodged, cheers!

@Kidfried I do an awesome Palpatine and a passable Mr. Burns and Smithers from The Simpsons and... wait, you're talking about my impressions of the game, aren't you?

@Th3solution I like the variety in combat because, as you forewarned, this is a game of its time and nowadays, many of the side quests and open world sandbox mechanics would feel incredibly tired. When I reached a building and had to remove twelve surveillance devices from around its walls, I thought to myself "that was actually kinda fun... maybe there'll be one of these per island" but three more buildings in the same neighbourhood later and yeah, I can see what you were talking about. So it being primarily a shooter and not a brawler is mixing things up in a good way. Helps it feel unique in my back-catalogue.

The parkour works really well for me, mainly because I just point in the direction I wanna climb and hammer X until Cole gets to where I wanted him to go. I don't really mind whether it takes five or ten seconds to watch the traversal animations, and it's nowhere near the most imprecise or sticky climbing I've ever encountered before. As I said, Cole's movement in general was a little loose at first, but I've played a good three-ish hours now and so I'm settling in nicely.

Couple of additional observations, though.

After I'd finished rushing the bridge at the beginning, whilst on my way back along its underside, the game paused and told me that, based on my performance thusfar, it was automatically increasing the difficulty level from Normal to Hard. You what...?! Get away from my settings!

I'm glad I decreased things back to Normal right away, as some of the side quests I've been doing have gotten really challenging. There was one where somebody lured me to a graveyard for an ambush and I just couldn't survive the sudden onslaught. Another tasked me with chasing down and destroying a tanker truck, but said truck was constantly protected by respawning high-level enemies of multiple types (grenadiers, conduits, rocket launchers, the lot). By the time I'd thinned the herd, it had driven a further three blocks, allowing everybody to pop back in again... rinse, repeat, etc. and there's no way in heck I'm ever playing this on Hard. I don't even wanna think about how omniscient the enemy couriers would become!

One neat-yet-frustrating touch is that the more of the city I make crime-free, the higher the concentration of enemies in the remaining areas. It's making my commutes between objective markers more of a puzzle, because now cutting the odd corner of some red-outlined streets could (and has, twice) resulted in me getting a face full of truck-mounted minigun.

Anyway, that's enough rambling for now. I wanna play more, because it's really fun!

PSN ID: GDS_2421
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KratosMD

I'm roughly halfway through Detention on Switch and the game is starting to become much more engrossing. I'm seriously loving the puzzles and the way you solve them in this game by first exploring the new areas and then finding items to use in those areas is clever. Because of this, it's simple but rewarding when you're able to connect the solutions to the correct puzzles. This formula has probably been done by tons of other horror games, but I haven't played a lot of horror mind you.

I really liked one puzzle where you listen to a recording of a piano and then you're tasked to memorise the notes in order to replay them on a piano. At first I thought it would be difficult since I'm not good at all at dissecting notes, but over time it started to make sense in my head and I eventually solved it. Really neat puzzle!

The main appeal though is the historical school setting. It's seriously really interesting and creepy to explore this place, I love it!

KratosMD

Foxy-Goddess-Scotchy

Playing Jade Cocoon: Story of the Tamamayu On PS1

It's an RPG with Monster Catching Battling... But with Flutes and lutes!

You play as Levant

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Though he's renamable! and well... His home village gets attacked by the Locusts Of The Apocalypse, The Onibubu, so he's quickly married to his friend Mahbu (She's voiced by Michelle Ruff in english! (Yukari Takeba in Persona 3, Rukia Kuchiki in Bleach, Velvet in Odin Sphere and Sadayo Kawakami in Persona 5 to name a few other roles))

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Made into a Cocoon master and sent into the nearby Beetle, Dragonfly, Spider and Moth forests that contain monsters or Divine Beasts, to find a cure to the sickness that has taken hold of the village!

Expect a coming of age-y story from the game, with pretty heavy religiousy themes along with honour, duty and tradition with plot points that include reincarnation, the evils of man & the darkness in people's hearts, Divine Spirits and even an upside down tree!

Oh and ya know... You seal monsters into cocoons using your flute and use them to fight and can merge your monsters together to change or add new skills, make your monsters attributes change, give them joint elemental affinties and even change your monsters appearance

Here's the opening to show it off a little more

Now... ya might be thinking "Scotchy that looks a lot like Studio Ghibli... but they only did the animation for Ni-No-Kuni!" and technically you're correct (the best kind of correct).

But the game had a collaboration with artist Katsuya Kondō who did character designs for Kiki's Delivery Service and I Can Hear the Sea

And yeah... It's fun... Pretty rare to find nowadays too (Least it is the UK). It only got onto the japanese store of the PS1 classics on PS3... So... Good luck finding a copy if you're interested

It has a pretty unique sounding soundtrack too

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Ralizah

@Foxy-Goddess-Scotchy Oh my god, do you ever, like, COMPLETELY forget the existence of something until someone mentions it, and then you just get this rush of memories and emotions and whatnot?

That's me right now.

I LOVED this game as a kid. It has to have been... 16 or 17 years since I played it. I probably actually still have it on my shelf, come to think of it, and never paid the box a second thought when I was unpacking it between moves.

The PS1 had a lot of great monster collecting/raising/battling games. Also really love Dragon Seeds and Monster Rancher 2.

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Ralizah

PSN: Ralizah

Foxy-Goddess-Scotchy

Ha! I love it too as a grown woman, discovered it on an Official Playstation Magazine Uk Disc @Ralizah alongside a demo for Crash team Racing!

Managed to snap up a copy on holiday for £15 like four years later and it honestly made that rather crummy holiday worth it :')

It's what I'd consider my first RPG! (I don't count Pokémon for some reason).

I... Think I've heard of Monster Rancher? Did it get an anime with like a little pink duck like thing with a leaf on it's back and a yellow eyeball monster? Never heard of the other one though... You americans got a bunch of stuff we never did... Honestly I'm surprised Jade Cocoon got over here

You played Jade Cocoon 2 on PS2? Cus it's hopefully what I'm gonna play after this once I'm done seeing as it's fairly short at like 15-20 hours

Ya don't need to save the world to find meaning in life. Sometimes all ya need is something simple, like someone to take care of - Aigis Persona 3

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Ralizah

@Foxy-Goddess-Scotchy I... actually had no idea there WAS a Jade Cocoon 2. I'll wait your impressions. If it's as good as the original, I'll keep my eyes peeled.

Dragon Seeds was super niche even here in the U.S., so don't be surprised you haven't heard of it. It was mainly a game where you bred dragons for combat purposes. The battles were intense rock/paper/scissors-esque affairs where you had to try to predict your opponent's next move and counter it with your own. Not the best game ever made, but it had a pretty good soundtrack.

Monster Rancher did, indeed, have an anime adaptation (which sucked), but the games were probably the closest thing to true monster raising sims I've ever played, considering your trained, fed, played with, and battled your monsters (as in, used them to battle other people's monsters, ala Pokemon), and you can stick with them through their entire life cycles (people moan about Aeris getting skewered by Sephiroth, but, let me tell you, nothing in a game will ever shock me as much as when I discovered that the monsters you spend so much time raising can actually die of old age; they can also die in battles if they go particularly wrong, and the monsters will sometimes run away if you're especially strict and uncaring toward them). The gimmick of the series was that you generated monsters from "disc stones," which, on the PS1, meant CDs and other PS1 games at the time. In the PS2 sequels, I believe this expanded to include DVDs as well. Anyway, the game would generate a unique monster based off something in the disc's data, so you could actually keep elaborate lists of what discs contained what monsters.

All-in-all, it's an INSANELY cool little series. Top of my list for pie in the sky announcements for me would be the announcement of a PS4 or PS5 current-gen Monster Rancher game.

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Ralizah

PSN: Ralizah

Foxy-Goddess-Scotchy

Just looked it up @Ralizah Monster Rancher 2 came to the UK. It was the only one of the series to do so though and so it was just called Monster Rancher. Also it's like £60-100 for a used copy of it... with a sealed one going for £600! 😂

Jade Cocoon 2 was/is... different to say the least. I'll have to put my all into that review/impressions for you!


Just got in the Beetle Forest in Jade Cocoon and got that weird blue little mushroom like monster so I can get some healing skills now... Gonna merge it with my the insecty one that's right at the start

I love the fact merging in this actually puts them together not just gives one or or the other with a slight recolour like most games do... It's pretty neat

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Thrillho

@Foxy-Goddess-Scotchy @Ralizah Ha, I also played the demo copy of Jade Cocoon loads of times and have never heard of it anywhere else since. There were a few games I knew like that with Tombi (or Tomba outside of the UK I think) being another. The demo for that game was so long and I completed it far too many times.

Thrillho

Foxy-Goddess-Scotchy

I looked everywhere @Thrillho for a copy of Tombi/Tomba for years but never found one

It's £120 just for a used copy of that off of amazon! The sequel is £200! Luckily you can get those on the PS3 as PS1 classics

Same with Klonoa... £150 for a physical copy, £4 digital

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Luckily I got the PS2 game Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil for £10 a few years back

... I also totally didn't cry at either of them... especially not the first one 😂

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Ya don't need to save the world to find meaning in life. Sometimes all ya need is something simple, like someone to take care of - Aigis Persona 3

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Ralizah

I'll probably hang on to what's left of my PS1 library, but physically collecting games for that system is NOT worthwhile for cost-conscious gamers.

Nintendo and Sony need to get their act together and offer universal VC programs featuring their best games so I can just play everything digitally. PS3 and Wii were both GREAT starting points on this front, and then both companies just left the idea behind going forward (Wii U's VC was less robust than the Wii's, and the VC is completely absent on Switch; PS1/PS2 Classics seemed to disappear with the PS3, aside from some limited PS1 compatibility with the Vita).

Anyway, I've been obsessively playing SMT: DDS the last couple of days. I've probably logged 10+ hours since Wednesday. I'm basically at the end game now, but there are a lot of optional bosses that seem to unlock stuff in the sequel, so I'm combing through the game to beat them before finishing up the game proper. I am NOT playing through the game again to fight some broken NG+ superboss, though.

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Ralizah

PSN: Ralizah

Foxy-Goddess-Scotchy

I did mention the bonus bosses give stuff before along with other things @Ralizah . I'll mention them below. I'll spoiler tag them still even though I'll remove any spoilery info in case ya don't wanna know

- A character will get a bonus to their stats depending on how many Mantras they mastered in DDS 1. The maximum Bonus is +5 to all

When Serph sells his ring at the start of DDS2 you get more money depending on how much Macca you had at the end of DDS 1

There's a little sidequest that expands both games. You can get a Soma in the final dungeon for doing it.

If you defeated certain optional bosses in DDS 1 you will be able to acquire Special Karma Rings. Hee-Ho Ring, Divine Ring, Skull Ring, Dragon Ring & The Amala Ring (The super boss' ring)

These ones are ever so slightly spoilery

If you import any DDS 1 save then Gale will learn a unique skill in the final dungeon.

Argilla can get a unique skill when you reach the final dungeon depending on a certain dialogue choice in DDS 1

A character can join the party at the end of DDS 2 depending on certain choices in both games


As for me I'm at the Dragonfly Forest in Jade Cocoon... Just met Kikinak and about to fight that silly birdman. Got a Air and Water divine beast, Fire and Earth divine beast & one that's all four elements

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Ya don't need to save the world to find meaning in life. Sometimes all ya need is something simple, like someone to take care of - Aigis Persona 3

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Ralizah

@Foxy-Goddess-Scotchy Of all the...

So, I made the regrettable mistake of saving in the same save slot for the last ten hours or so of playtime as I've completed various side content (Beezlebub; King Frost; Orochi; etc.) and grinded to fill various mantras. Well, literally AS I WAS SAVING tonight, the power went out for an hour or two. The exact few seconds I decided to save my file. So my save corrupted.

Ahahaha. hahahaha.
hahaha.
haha.

ha.

So, I'm just going to gun it to the end of the game before I break my controller.

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Ralizah

PSN: Ralizah

Foxy-Goddess-Scotchy

I know that pain all too well @Ralizah.

My PS3 got corrupted and it had to wipe the entire hard drive.... among all the other things I lost my original American PSN account with Persona 2: Eternal Punishment and The Legend Of Dragoon cus I forgot the password for it. They aren't on the UK store at all

It's why I always make two saves with ANY game and if I can't use two save slots I'll make a copy onto another memory card or onto a usb stick.... and I now have a little notepad for all my passwords as well.

Did you manage to fight the dragon bonus boss Huang Long before it corrupted? And how'd you find ol' seven move Orochi?


Meanwhile in Jade Cocoon I just finished up the Spider Forest and everythings really gone to pot! Off to the moth forest to find the Nagi and become the Chosen One Of Light!

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Ya don't need to save the world to find meaning in life. Sometimes all ya need is something simple, like someone to take care of - Aigis Persona 3

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Ralizah

@Foxy-Goddess-Scotchy That sucks. You can't just reset the password for your American account?

The worst save data flub I ever had was when one of my PS1 memory cards just... died... and took a 47 hour save file of FF7 along with it. I couldn't even look at the console for months.

Unfortunately not (RE: Huang Long). Orochi was pretty easy, though, once you learn his pattern. He uses up his MP quickly, so if you keep null mute up on your character, he can't do that MP sapping thing he would otherwise, and he also can't remove debuffs if you decide to Debilitate him over and over. Obviously that makes his accuracy absolute crap, meaning the physical skills he's forced to use after that don't hit half the time. It's pretty fun just backing him into a corner with skills like that.

On the plus side, even having lost hours and hours of progress like that, I'm still pretty overleveled and am carrying three million macca in my wallet. Is there any benefit to having a lot of macca when you end the game and go to DDS2, or would spending it on mantras be better?

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Ralizah

PSN: Ralizah

Foxy-Goddess-Scotchy

I made the account in haste as I never expected I'd actually get anything important for it @Ralizah (I think I made it for a demo or something) so I used a throwaway email account that I also forgot the password for. So no It's lost to the ages sadly

I've made a new american account since that I made sure I wrote down everything for it so this doesn't happen again... I'll get them back someday


If you have at least a million Macca (I think?) on you at the end of the game when you play DDS 2 you get $20,000 to start with rather then $10,000 when Serph sells his tag ring.

Also there's bonus stats for the party depending on how many mantras you master for them. +5 for everything is the max... I'm not sure how exactly it's calculated though


Still annoying as heck Orochi gets 7 turns though. Abad statting round can seriously mess ypu up, especially if you weren't prepared.

There's something like that you can do to the Demi Fiend or rather his Pixie.

It's called the Redstar strategy if I remember right and you have to get through the Super bosses accompanying demons til you get to Pixie and CuChulainn (I think?)

You keep casting Debilitate and eventually she runs out of mp using Dekunda... and rather then use Recarmdra which either uses 1hp or sp she'll spend every turn trying to use Dekunda even though she's got not enough Mp.

If the Demi Fiend manages to get a crit though whilst you're trying to waste her mp (Which is ridiculously likely as he crits like crazy even with Null Crit on) then she get's a second move and'll probably use it and negate everything you did

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Ya don't need to save the world to find meaning in life. Sometimes all ya need is something simple, like someone to take care of - Aigis Persona 3

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Ralizah

@Foxy-Goddess-Scotchy Email accounts can also be recovered with enough effort (I've had to daisy-chain a few sets of missing password requests myself over the years to gain access to stuff), but it sounds like you've moved on.

Alright, I'll be sure to keep at least a million on me. In the meanwhile, right before the final boss, I'll use the 30 noises or so I have to make my MC even more hilariously overpowered!

It's nice to know there's a way to manage the hilarious OP superboss, but I still can't comprehend fighting him.

Oh, btw, considering our conversation recently, this is a bizarre coincidence:

https://nintendoeverything.com/monster-rancher-port-heading-t...

Not sure I want it on Switch, though. The disc swapping feature might have been a silly gimmick, but it was really, really cool!

Ralizah

PSN: Ralizah

Foxy-Goddess-Scotchy

Ha ha... I uhhhhhh found a video in which someone managed to beat the Demi Fiend at lvl 20...

The fight is over an hour and a half long @Ralizah ! :')

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I also found this picture and it was SO cute


Gonna attempt the super boss in DDS2? Ya only have to play the game on the hard mode to fight them!


If you had to scan discs for the monsters in Monster Rancher... wouldn't be more of a hassle having to reprogram that feature to work for switch carts or something rather then just porting it to the PS4?

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Ya don't need to save the world to find meaning in life. Sometimes all ya need is something simple, like someone to take care of - Aigis Persona 3

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Ralizah

Foxy-Goddess-Scotchy wrote:

Ha ha... I uhhhhhh found a video in which someone managed to beat the Demi Fiend at lvl 20...

Maybe, but look at some of those maxed out stats! That's nowhere close to a normal level 20 character.

Foxy-Goddess-Scotchy wrote:

I also found this picture and it was SO cute

You know, this picture would actually fit well with the vaguely 'love and friendship'-esque vibe of SMT IV: Apocalypse.

Foxy-Goddess-Scotchy wrote:

Gonna attempt the super boss in DDS2? Ya only have to play the game on the hard mode to fight them!

Only if it's an Invisible Demons mode!

Foxy-Goddess-Scotchy wrote:

If you had to scan discs for the monsters in Monster Rancher... wouldn't be more of a hassle having to reprogram that feature to work for switch carts or something rather then just porting it to the PS4?

Well, when they ported the series to NDS, they changed it up so that you scrawled different patterns on the touchscreen to make different monsters, so they'll likely replicate that here.

...

Yeah, they really should have just remastered Monster Rancher 2 for PS4 and made it compatible with DVDs and Blu-Rays.

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Ralizah

PSN: Ralizah

Foxy-Goddess-Scotchy

Ralizah wrote:

Maybe, but look at some of those maxed out stats! That's nowhere close to a normal level 20 character.

The description of the vid seems to go into detail and apparently character level has a bunch of hidden stats attached to it @Ralizah.

So whilst they may have 99 in all stats.... They're still taking way more damage then if they were lvl 99 as well. Goes to show how OP the super boss is if ya can't be a madman like some people are and do a Lvl 1 run of it!


Ralizah wrote:

You know, this picture would actually fit well with the vaguely 'love and friendship'-esque vibe of SMT IV: Apocalypse.

Seeing as I havent played SMT IV or the sequel I'm not quite sure what you mean there to be honest... I know there's a DLC fight with the previous SMT protagonists vs Stephen but I assume you mean it's more of a general theme the game has rather then pertaining to the Demi Fiend!


Ralizah wrote:

Only if it's an Invisible Demons mode!

... I'm never gonna hear the end of that am I?


Ralizah wrote:

Yeah, they really should have just remastered Monster Rancher 2 for PS4 and made it compatible with DVDs and Blu-Rays.

... So if this Monster Rancher port doesn't come to ps4... I'm borrowing your copy of 2 now you've gotten me interested yeah?


And I'm nearly done with Jade Cocoon. At the Dark Spider Forest (or Spider Forest of the Netherworld) and facing off against the various Earth Boss encounters

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Shame you never get to fight a water one... I always wondered what doofy haircut it would have or how ridiculously long it's nose would be 😂

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Ya don't need to save the world to find meaning in life. Sometimes all ya need is something simple, like someone to take care of - Aigis Persona 3

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Foxy-Goddess-Scotchy

Well... Seeing as no-one else has posted in the topic it's my first double post... Sorry guys!

Having completed Jade Cocoon: Story of the Tamamayu I'm now playing the sequel, aptly named Jade Cocoon 2

...It's honestly quite jarring due to the very different (and more stategic) battle system, the tone and writing.

Also our new protagonist Kahu is voiced rather then Levant and his silentness in the prevous game

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He's a wide eyed kid that heads to the temple (I assume the one in the moth forest from Jade Cocoon) and wants to be a cocoon master. Except it's been like hundreds of years and no one knows what that is anymore barring two people.

Kikinak (...With a not so hot new voice) and Levant

Yes... THAT Levant

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He's immortal now thanks to the events of the first game but apparently aged to his 30's before the immortality decided to stop aging him?

Anyway Levant tells you there are no cocoon masters anymore... But Beast Hunters! Which is like a Super Hyper Cocoon Master says one of the npc's!

Just got my first Divine Beast (of the Mau line)

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Well it's always given to you... But you get your second quite quickly afterwards! Being able to choose from either an Earth, Water, or Air beast.

I chose the Water one Slimich (Of the Slimy line)

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Off to finish the rest of the tutorial... And kick start the plot proper!

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