#JRPGJuly 2022 – Week 3 Spherical-up – RPGamer

Welcome to a different 12 months of everybody’s favourite month-to-month gameathon. #JRPGJuly was created as a group game-along by Anne Lee @ Stylish Pixel, and hosted by MDi. As soon as once more the RPGamer group is exhibiting their help for the occasion by taking part in some JRPGs. Should you’re collaborating be sure to make use of #JRPGJuly or share your emotions over on the RPGamer Discord server.

The third week proved to be busy for our workers, let’s see everybody’s progress!

Sam Wachter

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

I’m roughly 27 hours into Dragon Quest VIII and the comedic gong present continues to entertain. We made it to Baccarat and my social gathering was compelled to go to a darkish island solely to be instructed we didn’t have a shining mirror, so we had to make use of a sabrecat AND a ship to get to Argonia. Then we get instructed by the king that his son is a loser and he needs him to grow to be a person, so go to the Royal Searching Floor and get bits of the Nice Argon Lizard. Oh, and the loser prince has to tag alongside. Good occasions.

I truly love Prince Charmles, just because he’s that typical Dragon Quest buffoon who pretends he needs to get his arms soiled after which chickens out on the first signal of hazard. I really like how the social gathering, notably Jessica, ain’t received time for that crap. I now have the mirror, but it surely’s not prepared to make use of but. It’s off to combat Dhoulmagus and hopefully not get my butt kicked.

Joshua Carpenter

Final Fantasy VI logo

Ultimate Fantasy VI Pixel Remaster

As a result of I didn’t develop up as a SNES child, I’ve come again to play the pre-PS2 Ultimate Fantasy video games in an odd order. For a very long time, I assumed that I didn’t jive with these video games and particularly with the Lively Time Battle System. Nonetheless, taking part in Ultimate Fantasy V Pixel Remaster earlier this 12 months lastly received the system to click on with me. That recreation is a lot enjoyable to interrupt that it lastly gave the impetus to spend the time to study the completely different courses and perceive the right way to maximize the system.

Coming into Ultimate Fantasy VI, I used to be nonetheless involved that FFV might need been an outlier, however I’ve actually been having fun with the fight half of the expertise. I feel having a greater appreciation of the right way to use a Blue Mage or Geomancer makes it a lot simpler to play. I don’t know that the fight in FFVI feels balanced, but it surely’s plenty of enjoyable whereas nonetheless sustaining problem within the boss battles. I’m now curious to return to FFIV and check out it once more; I bear in mind feeling that the fight was bland, however perhaps my lack of knowledge was inflicting that. It’s all the time fascinating when a recreation finally ends up difficult your preconceived notions. I can’t await some extra battles to complete up July and see what Kafka has in retailer for my social gathering subsequent.

Ryan Costa

Persona 4 Golden

This week in Persona 4 Golden information: I fought a ton of battles. After defeating the second dungeon I dived again in, and stored at it till I used to be capable of beat each bonus bosses that seem in these dungeons afterward. Aside from that I did progress some social hyperlinks and story beats and I’m about to embark on the third dungeon quickly. I do surprise if I’ll come throughout any difficulties with my Satan might care angle (or Hierophant, Priestess, and Aeon because it’s been ending up) with my selections in social hyperlinks.

Proper now the toughest factor to juggle is wanting to lift a few of the social hyperlinks however being gated resulting from not elevating social abilities sufficient. This juggling act is tough to take care of however ensures plenty of completely different potentialities for a way gamers progress except they comply with a information to the letter. This results in an fascinating thought: would I fairly play a recreation for optimization, experimentation, or for enjoyable. I feel that reply can rely on the sport and the way versatile its guidelines are. To this point in Persona 4 Golden, I’ve swayed too far in social hyperlinks, then an excessive amount of dungeon delving, I can nearly assure I’ll be hitting the books or working jobs to lift social abilities subsequent. The necessary factor is I’ve had enjoyable each step of the way in which and never felt too hamstrung by my selections giving me the liberty to play as I want.

Jervon Perkins

Xenoblade Chronicles

One of many hardest issues in organising objectives in a online game playthrough, particularly one as sturdy as Xenoblade Chronicles: DE, is determining if you hit the aim. My aim was self-made: to realize self-actualization by way of replaying DE. I’ve achieved loads together with: finishing a majority of the facet quests, reconstructing Colony 6 to stage 3, and elevating most affinity between my 4 most-played characters. Factor is, these emotions of accomplishment, which comes as a part of reaching self-actualization, have been way more fleeting up to now week. I’m my largest critic in terms of reaching objectives, which tells me that at this level, I’m solely being imply to myself as an alternative of encouraging. I’m dragging my butt and subsequently the expertise is at its finish. My aim has been achieved and it’s time to complete the principle recreation.


Anna Marie Privitere

Hearth Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes

Having completed two playthroughs of Hearth Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes, certainly I used to be free, proper? …Proper? I used to be not. I attempted to dig into The Merciless King and the Nice Hero a second time, and very like the primary go, after solely a few hours I used to be proper again into Three Hopes, this time with the Blue Lions home. I’m nearly to hit the halfway level of the sport, and with the month drawing to a detailed, I’ll quickly should resolve if I wish to end a recreation I left hanging to leap into Hearth Emblem Warriors, or if shiny new Reside A Reside goes to lure me in first.

Jon Jansen

Tales of Zestiria


So Tales of Zestiria is definitely good? Whereas it’s definitely not the most effective Tales recreation, it’s a pleasure to play. The fight system specifically is nice. Armatization might be one in every of my favourite additions and I want they discovered a strategy to embody one thing prefer it in additional video games within the collection. Nonetheless, there are drawbacks to the sport. About 15 hours in and the story hasn’t grabbed me but, though the characters are nice, and the digicam throughout battles is a ache to navigate. There might probably be some extra negatives that come up (see what I did there) in a while within the playthrough, however for now, I’m having fun with my time with Zestiria.

Paul Shkreli

Tales of Symphonia

One of many issues I admire most about Tales of Symphonia is the synopsis obtainable from the principle menu. There are few issues worse than attending to a sure level in a JRPG, taking a brief break, and coming again solely to seek out out you haven’t any thought the place you left off. Hats off to the builders who knew the story could be convoluted but peppered with cliches. There are a selection of story beats – each small and huge – that really feel instantly influenced by the storyline of Ultimate Fantasy X, simply with out the gravitas. The battle system and robust characterization of the principle solid proceed to be the principle draw of the title for me.

Ryan Radcliff

Shin Megami Tensei V

An fascinating factor occurred whereas I used to be making an attempt to wrap up Shin Megami Tensei V, the wifey began taking part in Ultimate Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age and had some points with character setup and gambit customization. It had been across the launch of the unique recreation that I’ve jumped into this recreation, so I used to be pleased to assist her optimize her gaming expertise. I vaguely bear in mind having fun with this recreation again within the day, however how did I play this with out the fast-forward button? Such an awesome high quality of life enchancment. I spent a day operating round, whipping up on Coeurls, who by the way in which, appear to be kitties who have been taken over by Mindflayers. Critically, what’s happening with their design on this recreation!?

Lastly, I used to be capable of end Shin Megami Tensei V. I went down the Impartial path, and apparently, there’s a “true” ending, however that requires a whole new playthrough of what was a 70+ hour journey. I had enjoyable, however I’m not leaping again in any time quickly. One factor I did, which helped me push to the max stage, was to save lots of up all my Gospel objects. These permit the Nahobino to stage up, so with 12 in my stock, I floor to stage 87 after which used these to achieve the max stage which allowed me to summon all of the obtainable demons. The sidequest that unlocks Shiva ended up being a tougher combat than the ultimate boss. I loved my time with this recreation, however I’m prepared to maneuver on to the following #JRPGJuly journey. Deliver on The Final Story!

Robert Sinclair

Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster

So, I’m in a bizarre spot in terms of taking part in Nocturne this month. I’ve rejected each Purpose, I’m on observe to get one of many endings I’ve by no means seen, and I’m nicely on my strategy to attending to the underside of the labyrinth, however I’m discovering myself becoming bored. It’s not that I’m not having fun with taking part in the sport, it’s simply that I can’t lose barring some immediate loss of life fluke. Makakaja, Meditate, Life Drain, and a number of immunities that the fiend race has made the issue non-existent. Mom Harlot was killed with out breaking a sweat and the boss in Yoyogi Park, the final space I cleared, barely taking a success due to bodily repel magic. Actually, the one factor stopping me from beating the sport is the time it takes to truly play it. Nonetheless like it although.

Erik van Asselt

Arc the Lad

This week I completed Arc the Lad throughout my stream on the RPGamer’s Twitch channel. I actually loved my brief time with the sport. I do know the story isn’t wonderful and the characters are fairly shallow, however the entire recreation oozed coronary heart and that’s what I actually loved. The sport provides foolish issues, like a personality that fights with devices or villains which might be so evil, that I nonetheless surprise how everybody didn’t see proper by way of their plans, however I actually loved it. That’s the reason I jumped straight into Arc the Lad 2 after which I received just a little disillusioned.

I’m only some hours in for the time being, however I’m already lacking fairly a number of of the main points I actually loved from the primary recreation: no character portraits throughout dialogues, no large celebration for level-ups, and lots of extra small issues. No character portraits throughout dialogues, no large celebration for level-ups, and lots of extra small issues. The sport does make some large steps in the correct path. Truly with the ability to see the stats of your group outdoors of battle is a lifesaver, however one thing is nagging me concerning the recreation. Let’s see if Arc the Lad 2 can shock me in the course of the upcoming week. So do take a look at the enjoyable on the RPGamer’s Twitch channel.

Michael Baker

Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland


As she was fortunately adventuring alongside, Meruru fell afoul of her collection’ worst foe: the unending load display bug. Alas, her participant’s laissez-faire angle in direction of truly saving the sport meant that this value her about fifty % of the whole progress she’d made in that playthrough (actually two years of time misplaced).

To be trustworthy, I used to be shocked that it wasn’t 100%. I don’t recall ever making that save file. However I suppose that it’s pretty much as good an indication as any that I ought to transfer on to my different Vita backlog title. This one additionally has tight calendar scheduling and extremely explicit subsystems, however in any other case, it’s a fully completely different beast: Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines. I would be the first to confess that I’ve zero thought of what I’m doing on this one, however a fast learn by way of a FAQ means that this isn’t the type of recreation one needs to play in a second language. It was a miracle I might comply with together with the opening film sequence nicely sufficient to know what the literal hell was happening. There have been disasters, executions, human sacrifices, necromancy, ritual cannibalism, and transubstantiation — all earlier than the sport truly started.

Ah… Alfa System. That is going to be a loopy trip.

Cassandra Ramos

Skies of Arcadia Legends

I as soon as once more was unable to play as a lot Skies of Arcadia Legends as I might have favored this previous week. I used to be at the least hoping to complete Ixa’taka, however as an alternative, I’m saved proper outdoors Rixis, ruins that supposedly homes the Inexperienced Moon Crystal. I like rediscovering issues about this recreation I’ve lengthy forgotten. One of many areas in Ixa’taka is the village Horteka, consisting of homes among the many bushes, ladders, and these swinging contraptions to get round. It’s exhausting to recollect the place particular locations are, but it surely’s actually neat to go searching the completely different nooks and crannies. One factor I didn’t overlook was the music in Horteka, which appears to take many cues from Andean people music. It’s not stunning, since Ixa’taka is a mix of assorted cultures, each previous, and current, from Central and South America.

Skies of Arcadia once more exhibits it’s a product of its time after I tried to discover a save level within the Moon Stone Mountain dungeon. There was one close to the doorway that was blocked off and one other close to the tip. I took a lot of a late night time looking for this save level since I stored nodding off to sleep. Skies of Arcadia doesn’t have a fast save perform, and these days it might doubtless both have the ability to save wherever or have auto-save, if not each. It might have additionally been good if there was some strategy to reduce the encounter charge or if battles have been a bit quicker. I do take pleasure in Skies of Arcadia‘s battle system for essentially the most half, however the pace is usually a nuisance after I simply wish to get by way of a dungeon shortly. Contemplating what my time is like nowadays, it’s a small surprise I’ve much less tolerance for random encounters in comparison with after I first performed this recreation.

Sarah McGarr

Ultimate Fantasy XIV

I used to be capable of get extra into Stormblood‘s story this week. It was plenty of trudging by way of the uninteresting elements, however I’m getting extra now. I would like these snake girls to be a playable race, that will be so cool! I used to be capable of get some extra aether currents, and now solely have one left earlier than I can fly within the Fringes. cutscene occurred after I went to research the snake girl pleading with a Primal to deliver her daughter again to life. We, after all, tried to purpose with them to no avail, and the Primal then tried to govern us into following her. This didn’t work and I used to be capable of leap in and save my social gathering with magical powers. I had an actual Mama bear look on my face like when your cat is mad at you. It was actually good animation. After that, seems to be like I’ve a brand new Primal combat which I’m not trying ahead to, the final ones have been actually exhausting.

Ryan McCarthy

Xenoblade Chronicles 2

The quantity of progress I’ve made in Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has slowed fairly a bit for the reason that first week. I’m at the moment on Chapter 5 with 44 hours of accrued play time. On the finish of chapter 4, not solely does Poppi achieve a brand new kind that primarily acts as a brand new blade for Tora’s use, however the inquisitor Morag comes to assist the social gathering after combating with two never-before-seen members of Torna. In Chapter 5 thus far, the social gathering briefly visited Fonsett Village, the place Rex grew up after his mother and father died. After that, the social gathering makes their strategy to the capital of Indol with Zeke, a personality who was beforehand portrayed as a comic book reduction villain beforehand and has now joined as a celebration member.

As of now, I’ve gained the power to change between Pyra and Mythra with a single press of a button, which proves helpful resulting from their completely different elemental talents. One component that could be a bit exasperating to me is realizing that elevating my numerous blades’ area abilities has sure necessities that I’ve to concentrate to if I wish to stage them up. It doesn’t assist that trying by way of these numerous blade ability bushes can really feel like a chore as a result of controls to navigate by way of them. I’m now actually feeling the maximalist design method the sport takes to its methods.

That’s all for this week. Tell us what kind of progress you’re making in your #JRPGJuly recreation within the feedback or on Twitter!


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