Elysium, land of legend
In an endless white sea of clouds, there stands the World Tree. Around it lies Alrest, a land that many call home.
Long ago, the people of this world lived atop the World Tree together with their creator, the Architect.
The land they lived in was a true paradise, and its sweet rain and golden sunshine brought forth abundant harvests. The people called this land Elysium.
But one day, the people were banished from this paradise.
Did they anger their creator, or could there have been some other reason? No one knows.
The world’s people took refuge below, but life was hard there and they began to die out. Just as all hope was almost gone, the Architect sent his servants, the Titans, to save humanity.
To escape extinction, the remaining people made homes on the backs of the Titans and dwelled there for countless generations. However, now the Titans are dying out, and the quest to return to Elysium has begun…
The hero of this story is a young man named Rex. He makes a living working as a salvager, searching for precious resources and ancient artefacts in the Cloud Sea. He left the village where he was born and now lives on the back of a small Titan, Gramps.
Hired to search a sunken ship and salvage anything of value, Rex chances upon a Blade by the name of Pyra – who happens to be a sacred Blade known as the Aegis.
But then disaster strikes, and Rex is killed by Jin, the head of a shadowy organisation, Torna.
Pyra saves Rex’s life and becomes his Blade, their fates unescapably intertwined from that point on. He joins Pyra’s quest to reach Elysium, trying to survive in a world filled with rivals, all seeking the Aegis. Can our heroes make it to the promised land waiting above the World Tree?
Just finished XC1 on 3DS and it was an absolutely amazing experience. Probably the best RPG I've played, mainly due to huge sprawling open world. I'm so excited for 2, I've preordered and preloaded on Switch and will jump into it tonight at midnight (hopefully it's playable on midnight anyway)
A huge aspect to a lot of games, the grind for xp or gear can definitely be real. What games do you love or hate grinding in?
As I sit here at work (oops I shouldn't be creating lengthy posts lol) I'm currently playing Xenoblade Chronicles on my 3DS and I'm up to the last boss. I thought was relatively high level, until I got smoked out of the water time and time again. Looked up online and suffice to say, I have a ways to go. So it's back to the grind! The cool part about this game is 1) it's portable being on 3ds and 2) a lot of the battling is automatic. So what I do is load up an area with slightly lower level enemies, run my party infront of a mob, put my 3DS down and let them go at it, while I'm at work. I just need to glance at it every now and then and move them to another spot. It'll take a while to get up to another level but it's a great way to 'play' and grind XP while I'd otherwise have it in sleep mode.
Dragon Quest VIII, again on 3DS, was similar in that you can set the battle to auto, and have a member actually summon enemies and leave the game alone for the most part.
These 2 methods are extremely passive but I do love that I can actually play without playing when I'm trying to juggle work, home life and gaming.
Another favorite grind of mine is Disgaea 5. That game lends it so well to being exploited, I mean it has a freakin 'cheat shop' in the main hub where you can adjust xp gained, along with maps that seem to be created just for levelling. What I'd do was take my most powerful character, load her party with other members I wanted to also level up, crank the xp gain right up along with the enemy levels, one-shot a bunch of them, reap the rewards. On top of that you can send other party members out on passive missions to also level up in parallel. The freedom was ridiculously fun!
I spent one xmas holiday glued to The Crew where you can grind events for parts. It was again repetitive but fun as hell. Doing the monthly Wild Run events netted great parts and was super satisfying equipping new items and improving my cars performance.
Worst? Will have to think of some. Year 1 Destiny comes to mind!
3DS and Switch eshops have a decent selection of games for download. Some at half price (Snake Pass on Switch, Shin Megami on 3DS), most of the others are around 20% off. Definitely worth checking out.
Here's the list on the US Switch eshop (with US prices) but I think the list of games is the same for nz:
Kind of a general topic, but personally I really only have experience in Switch games so..
A bunch of Switch titles have a Ranked online option and I'm really enjoying playing each of em.
Splatoon 2 (currently hovering around C rank, second from the bottom)
Pokken Tournament DX (I think like E3.. very low, and only a 29% win ratio, would be easier if I changed to another main my DAMN I love Scizor)
ARMS (rank 5 out of a max 15)
It can be heart-breaking losing rank, particularity since the WiFi is quite weak on my Switch and on the odd occasion I get a communication error and get d/c'd + lose rank.
Note: I am by no means highly ranked in any of these games, maybe if I were to persevere with just one I'd climb the ranks a little higher, but I just find the added competitive aspect just that little bit more rewarding.
MK8DX also has a ranked mode but I've barely touched the game.
Anyone else frequent this mode in your chosen game(s)?