Grazza

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About Grazza

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    Metal King

Personal Information

  • Location
    England
  • Interests
    strength training, photography

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  • Nintendo Systems Owned
    Switch
  • Favourite Game?
    Wind Waker, Dragon Quest VIII
  • Favourite Video Game Character?
    Risky Boots
  • Gender
    Male

Game Info

  • Switch Friend Code
    4172-0797-6217
  • 3DS Friend Code
    0774-4233-0253
  1. Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom

    I picked this up as it's 50% off, but have to say, I'm not enjoying it so far. As far as the monster world genre goes, it hasn't grabbed me anything like as much as Dragon's Trap or Aggelos. The first transformation is not a lot of fun - I guess the developers wanted you to feel vulnerable, but it's not doing it for me. Before I've even encountered the 2nd boss, I've picked up three "magic" powers, which soon run out and you have to grind for more. Every screen seems like an environmental puzzle and it's just a bit of a drag. Hopefully it'll improve, but so far it's definitely not worth £17.48.
  2. Games length

    I finished Dragon Quest XI a few weeks ago. Whilst I absolutely loved it, and have been meaning to write a review, the length did leave me feeling a bit burnt-out. It's probably 50 + 50 hours for the first two acts, and 50-100 more for the post-game (depending on how much you want to do). Most of the game is absolutely fantastic, but what annoys me is when the pace slows right down, forcing you to do lots of preparation for a difficult boss (the Switch version has a couple of extra ones, if I understand it correctly). Naturally, you want the best armour, but it needs to be forged, and they make certain materials rare and only obtainable in certain places. It's that sort of thing that makes several play sessions purely preparation for something else, rather than exciting in their own right. Mind you, that's nothing compared to Dragon Quest IX, which I spent 900 hours on. There are even a couple of jokes in DQ XI about how that game is remembered mostly for trying to find the Metal King Slimes (that series' high EXP enemies) over and over again... The Etrian Odyssey games are pretty bad for this - making you get to level 99, "retire" and then get to 99 again - and I don't really know why I 100% completed some of them. With Etrian Odyssey Nexus, I'm afraid to say I just gave up. I don't particularly dislike length if every play session is stimulating in some way, but resentment sets in when it feels like they're just trying to waste your time.
  3. Fire Emblem: Three Houses (26th July 2019)

    I think that might actually be the traditional Japanese way, because there's a similar scene in Dragon Quest XI. I wasn't disappointed because it was only two blokes, but it did strike me as a bit odd!
  4. Brexit 2019

    It bothers me greatly how easy it has been to stir people up. People seem to have become entrenched in their views, rather than having an honest discussion about the best way forward. We have a prime minister who has ridden roughshod over all rules and precedent, and his supporters have overlooked it because they see him as on their side. There has been no attempt to find out the public's opinion on the Single Market and Customs Union as separate entities, or even if we still want to leave at all. Almost four years on, surely there is a time limit when he Leave vote loses its legitimacy. I'm guessing you've seen this, but still...
  5. In the 1980s we had various computers such as the Acorn Electron and the Amstrad CPC 464. I was extremely jealous of the NES and Master System, although in the back of my mind what I really wanted was exact ports of the arcade games I loved so much, such as Double Dragon and Bad Dudes vs. Dragonninja (got both of those on my Switch now :)). I was most jealous, however, of the Amiga 500. Many of my neighbours had them and we just couldn't afford one. I could see how the 16-bit graphics were a massive step up from both my Amstrad CPC 464 and even my friends' 8-bit consoles. Every time I went into computer games shops to buy £2.99 cassettes, the Amiga 500's line-up sat there on the shelf giving off a massive sense of superiority. I don't even know what games I wanted to play, although my neighbours seemed particularly proud of owning OutRun. With this is mind, you can imagine how excited I was when I went into Comet and saw the Mega Drive. One play of Altered Beast and I was absolutely desperate for one of these machines. Luckily, I received one for Christmas, and I have never felt so grateful for a present. Almost immediately though, even before, perhaps, I had become jealous of the Super Famicom. My school friends told me it was a lot better and showed me magazines with screenshots of Super Ghouls 'n' Ghosts. Looking back, I don't really feel it was that much better than the Mega Drive, but it's funny how you can have a strong feeling at the time. I suppose I became a bit spoilt after that, because I was allowed a SNES the year after and, when the next generation came, I bought both a Saturn and N64. Now this is where "enemy" consoles come in. Whilst I had been envious of Nintendo and the Amiga, it was nothing personal. I absolutely bloomin' hated the PlayStation though! It frustrated my immature mind how people could just abandon the franchises they had claimed to love before and jump ship to a newcomer. Although I had dalliances with Ridge Racer in the arcade and had fantasies about buying a PlayStation, I could never actually do it. The generation after, I'm afraid I was totally bored by the Dreamcast (something I still don't fully understand) and was gripped by the GameCube. My anti-Sony feelings disappeared when Nintendo revealed the Wii. I was so angry with how poor it seemed, I bought a PS2 with Dragon Quest VIII, Shadow of the Colossus and Final Fantasy XII and have never felt any console loyalty since. Mind you, it took me a while to grow out of it as I well into 20s at the time! Nowadays, I can't imagine being jealous of any technology or strongly disliking a company. The only things I lust for are time, concentration and my lost youth.
  6. Brexit 2019

    Same here, unfortunately.
  7. I can see how Bravely Default and Octopath Traveler scratch the "classic Final Fantasy" itch - FF seems to have been uniquely successful in the West and is probably the only J-RPG that's a household name. I also believe Dragon Quest XI was well marketed amongst avid gamers, with a superb demo and coverage in the Directs (as @Vileplume2000 says). But I'd say TV advertising is still extremely important. I saw ads for Mario Maker 2 and Link's Awakening (can't remember if I saw Fire Emblem), but none for Dragon Quest. They just didn't get across that it's up there with those big Nintendo releases. Speaking to people at work, they've bought Link's Awakening and Mario Maker, but though they may have heard of DQ XI, they haven't felt the desire to buy it. It could be the cartoony graphics, but that didn't affect Breath of the Wild. And it could be that it's turn-based, but that doesn't affect Pokémon. It really is a mystery.
  8. It is a massive shame this game hasn't sold better. All year I have witnessed how, through good advertising, Nintendo has managed to make Fire Emblem, Mario Maker and Link's Awakening household names, and yet this isn't on as many people's radar. And no disrespect to Link's Awakening, but it is just a pleasant remake of an old game that takes a few days to complete, whereas Dragon Quest XI is one of the best video game adventures you'd believe is possible to make. It is an outstanding piece of software. The only reason I haven't posted about it more is because I'm constantly picking my jaw up off the floor. I think we know the answer then - make the game more controversial. Free skimpy bikini DLC for Jade!
  9. Love it! I may be a bit slow, but I make a good shield. Really looking forward to playing this sometime, actually. I gave up on Android, but will enjoy it more on Switch.
  10. Figured it was time to post a bit of an update on this. Dragon Quest XI is without doubt the best game I have played for 15 years. As much as I enjoyed VIII, I have felt out of sync with the way the games industry has gone since then. I didn't dare believe anyone would again make a game with as much charm and humour, or as big and long but still well designed. Other games are good at telling you a story, but Dragon Quest has a unique way of making you feel you are going through an adventure. Even though it's all scripted, it feels like you are making it happen. There are just enough sidequests that I don't feel overwhelmed, but do have a real choice of what I do each time I load it up. The overworld is large, but divided into manageable sections so you always keep a sense of where you are. There's one way it's probably even better than VIII, and that is the plotting. There are so many twists and turns, it's insane. But whereas I would play other games cautiously, Dragon Quest has a way of making you trust the storytellers. I happily go wherever the game takes me, knowing that it's not going to drop me in too much trouble.
  11. Sega Ages (Summer M2)

    They'd be very misguided then, as they haven't released the coin-op many times. They made it available for Wii but, to my knowledge, have not done so since.
  12. Sega Ages (Summer M2)

    You got something as obscure as that, and I can't even get Golden Axe.
  13. Having not been much into games recently, I didn't know if I'd be able to get back into this... but I was wrong! It is absolutely brilliant and I'm re-hooked already. The level grinding, exploration and skill tree development... it is just a sheer joy to play. I keep wanting to play this and VIII through an 8K VR headset, for some reason. The Puff-Puff shenanigans have become a bit dodgy! I knew it was going to be, but had to give it a try!
  14. Your 2019 Gaming Diary

    That's some good advice from Ike - play VIII and if you enjoy it, go on to XI. I'm afraid to say VII is not up there with the others at all and is the one game in the series I wouldn't play again. IV, V and VI are all quite enjoyable. Personally, I'd wait for them to appear on Switch, which I suspect they will.