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colonelkilgore

@TheBrandedSwordsman maybe mate, it's been about 18 months since I played it and the only memories I have are in regards to the story really, in-game mechanics have long left my 'hard-drive'.

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TheBrandedSwordsman

@colonelkilgore The problem has been there during the whole game so that won't help, but thanks anyway, (I only discovered that spells would essential to future gameplay recently so had been ignoring them up until this point).

"Ten thousand toadstools, with right purchase, could lift a man, I suppose. But what good would it do?"

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Th3solution

@TheBrandedSwordsman Forgive me if this comes across as either confusing or too basic, but here goes —
So the ATB (Active Time Battle) meter is that blue meter on the HUD over on the right that charges up over time during a battle. A few things can accelerate it building faster like blocking and attacking. Also some materia has ATB boosting properties, like accelerating the rate of it charging or making it possible to go into battle with the gauge already fully charged. But it should be filling up automatically even if your just dodging around during battle, so eventually when at least one of the bars is full you should be able to pull up that little menu during battle and the spells, items, and a few other special skills will be highlighted and available to use. Before the ATB is filled they are greyed out and not selectable.

Basically it’s just puts a timer on how quickly and how often you can use those skills and spells. Some of the more powerful skills require two full ATB bars to be charged.

So is it possible you’re not equipping your materia to your weapon or armor? It’s not adequate to just have the materia, you have to equip it into those little circular slots. And there is some strategy to which materia you equip and how it’s equipped. For example some weapons and armor have two connected materia slots, and that means you can equip a materia (usually a blue colored one) which has an enhancing effect in conjunction with the other slot it’s connected to.

Anyways, so if you haven’t placed the appropriate materia on the active weapon (or armor) you’re using, then you won’t see the spell on the little menu during battle. Is it possible that’s what’s happening?
You’ve got to press the pause menu, then select “materia and equipment” then press …I think it’s triangle, and it takes you to the materia slots on the equipment. From there pressing X will pull up all your materia and you choose which one to put in that slot.

Anyways, like I say, I hope I don’t sound too basic here, but I’m wondering if that’s why you aren’t seeing your spells on the pop up menu during battle.

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Also, as it relates to the Wind materia, I think you can find one in a treasure chest somewhere in the early levels, but it’s also available for purchase from vendors.
Chadley has some other materia that you have to do those special tasks for him to unlock. I don’t think the Wind one was one of them though; I think it’s a common one sold by just the average materia vendors.

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TheBrandedSwordsman

@Th3solution Thanks for all your suggestions, I do currently have lightning, healing, assess and ifrit materia currently equipped on my iron blade, and I have that weapon equipped, yet the only spell I am seeing in that menu is 'cure', so I think, as I say, I may have unfortunately come across a game-breaking bug.

"Ten thousand toadstools, with right purchase, could lift a man, I suppose. But what good would it do?"

PSN: Draco_V_Ecliptic

TheBrandedSwordsman

@Th3solution That's a shame, oh well, I guess at least it wasn't my fault that I couldn't beat this one - got any other similar games you could recommend? I would start again but I don't want to do everything all over again from the beginning.

"Ten thousand toadstools, with right purchase, could lift a man, I suppose. But what good would it do?"

PSN: Draco_V_Ecliptic

Th3solution

@TheBrandedSwordsman Wow, that’s a really weird bug. Have you downloaded any available updates for the game? Perhaps an update patch has fixed the issue and maybe downloading it would make it work right.

Otherwise, I can see how you’d not really be able to finish the game without access to your magic spells. Unfortunate, as it seems like you had been enjoying it. But yeah, it would be going back a lot of hours to restart, which I wonder if it would work correctly even then. 🤔

Game recommend wise, did you say you’ve tried Shadow of Mordor or Shadow of War? I completely forgot if you’ve tried those. I know you’re a Tolkien fan, so those two games come to mind.

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TheBrandedSwordsman

@Th3solution I've tried them both, (Shadows) I'll double-check for the updates but otherwise I might give Ys IX: Monstrum Nox a go, are you familiar with that game?

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"Ten thousand toadstools, with right purchase, could lift a man, I suppose. But what good would it do?"

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Th3solution

@TheBrandedSwordsman No, I haven’t played any Y’s games but they certainly have their fan base.
If your enjoyed the part of FF7R that you’ve played, it’s possible you might enjoy it’s older brother, FFXV. I think the battle system is somewhat related. I haven’t played the game, but have always wanted to.

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TheBrandedSwordsman

@Th3solution I've taken your advice as well as that of @colonelkilgore and purchased FFXV, I've just started it and whilst the combat is clunkier than FF7R, it's certainly enjoyable and from what I've read online, magic just isn't a necessary part of combat throughout the game, considering starting FF7R from the beginning again one day though, just not right now. How are your games going?

"Ten thousand toadstools, with right purchase, could lift a man, I suppose. But what good would it do?"

PSN: Draco_V_Ecliptic

Th3solution

@TheBrandedSwordsman I’ll be interested to hear how FFXV goes for you. I bought it a long time ago and never got around to playing it. It’s always been on my “one of these days…” list.

In FF7R I am finally out of Ch 9 and into a new area in Ch 10. As is the pattern, the end of the chapter had a really great boss fight but not nearly as hard as Hellhouse. Still fun though.

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Keith_Zissou

Drunkenly started Aragami last night, my recollection is a tad hazy, but it seemed like good fun, quite arcadey.

The concept of absurdity is something I'm attracted to.

PSN: Bundersvessel

TheBrandedSwordsman

@Th3solution Glad to hear you're making progress in FF7R, I am also making progress in FFXV, Prince Noctis is a very different character to Cloud, but, hey, no spoilers. Monsters and demons seem to be more the order of the day rather than giant robots in this game, but I am getting used to the combat and overall mechanics of the game now. You have to regularly set up camp at night as you can't travel then due to fear of demon attacks, and you also have to drive and refuel your car to get around, so it's quite different in that regard. I'll keep you posted.

@colonelkilgore Any of this ringing any bells for you?

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colonelkilgore

@TheBrandedSwordsman yeah it is actually, it took a good session or two for the game to click with me but once it did I just really enjoyed pretty much everything about it. Yeah the camp and refuelling your car etc… make sure you get the speccy one to cook food everytime you camp 😉

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LtSarge

I'm halfway through The Evil Within's first DLC "The Assignment" and so far it's very good. It's cool to be playing as a different character now. Moreover, the gameplay is very different compared to the main game. For starters, it's purely a stealth experience now, sort of like horror titles such as Outlast. You don't have any weapons, instead you have to sneak by enemies, trap them or simply run away from them. Furthermore, the only tools at your disposal are bottles that you throw to attract the attention of enemies and calling out to them. So you're very limited in how you get through the levels now, but I'm sure you'll get more tools as the DLC goes on. It's honestly quite refreshing to have a pure linear experience now and not worry about gathering resources or shooting enemies.

On a side note, the weirdest thing about this DLC is the collectibles. You'll find snails hidden in some areas and when you shine your flashlight at them, they'll start moaning sexually and explode into an item. So bizarre, lol.

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Bentleyma-

Finished Lost Judgment and moved onto Alan Wake Remastered. I dunno why the Push Square review was so negative because I think the gameplay holds up really well. There’s something satisfying about shooting The Taken. The atmosphere is top notch too, which makes exploring entertaining.

Life is like a box of chocolates... I don't have a box of chocolates either.

PSN: Bentleyma-

N1ghtW1ng

@Bentleyma-

What was your experience with Lost Judgement like? It's been on my wishlist for a while, but I'm a bit jaded on the Yakuza franchise as a whole after playing 0, Kiwami 2, 4 and 5. If it's a bit different from the Yakuza games, I'd really look into playing it.

Also, did you play Lost Judgement on the PS4?

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Bentleyma-

@N1ghtW1ng If you’re burnt out on Yakuza games then I don’t think you should rush to play the Judgment games. They have a few of their own ideas, but for the most part they play like a Yakuza game. I do prefer the story and characters in the Judgment games though.

I played the PS4 version and it still looks insanely good.

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N1ghtW1ng

@Bentleyma-

Thanks, I think I will give Lost Judgement a pass for now, and maybe look into playing it in the near future. Also, I only realised that it was obvious that you played it on the PS4 when I looked at the thread/topic title.

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LtSarge

@Bentleyma- Yeah I also really enjoyed the gameplay in Alan Wake. And the thing is that the game can get rather challenging as well, so I don't see why it would feel boring. You have to constantly stay on your toes and use different weapons for different situations, e.g. flare guns against groups of enemies or flares when you're completely surrounded. Then you also have to shine your torch on possessed objects in order to destroy them and so on. I honestly think the gameplay is very inventive when compared to your typical third-person shooters.

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RogerRoger

Started playing Donut County earlier.

Then completed Donut County soon thereafter.

And then platinumed it.

Madness.

"We want different things, Crosshair. That doesn't mean that we have to be enemies."

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