CRITICAL HIT! (PLAYING STEEL SPIRIT SAGA)

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Bring on Steel Spirit SaGa!

(Bring on The Cerebral Symphony!)
halibabica
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Soon enough! Since I've finished blitzing through Touhou Fantasy, we're back on my normal schedule of just 5 hours a week. I'll try to have the review done today, but if not, I should have it ready on Saturday. Remember, I need to draw a little picture too (but I already know how I want it to look).
LockeZ
I'd really like to get rid of LockeZ. His play style is way too unpredictable. He's always like this too. If he ran a country, he'd just kill and imprison people at random until crime stopped.
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Hali, I have a new game for you to play. It's an RPG Maker 2003 game called Final Gensokyo: The Spirits Within and it's only 230 hours long.
halibabica
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from LockeZ
Hali, I have a new game for you to play. It's an RPG Maker 2003 game called Final Gensokyo: The Spirits Within and it's only 230 hours long.
Get in line.

Heh, I did things the opposite of how I was in the past. I wrote the review before I made the pic. I didn't have time for both, so expect the result on Saturday I guess!

In the meantime, I'd like to ask...would anyone be interested in me streaming these games? My setup is utterly inadequate, and they would not be quality productions by any stretch, but it's kinda sorta possible I could maybe stream them if I really tried.
If a sort of "highlight reel" of the best/most memorable moments were created after the fact, I might be interested in watching that. Don't think I'd care to watch the entire process except maybe for very short games.
This is awesome, been following this post since you started Touhou Fantasy! that's some dedication you got, I can appreciate it. I myself do like to check out streams from time to time, pretty cool and engaging to see how other people go about these games and their comments on them.

I know there is a long queue, but I'd like to also suggest a previous game that I made, Lakria Legends. It is quite a hefty game though and there is an available walkthrough for it on the page if anything :) thanks!

https://rpgmaker.net/games/5562/

halibabica
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Touhou Fantasy Review: At least it delivers on its title...

And that's that! I'm starting the next game on Tuesday. I'll tinker with the possibility of streaming, even if there isn't a ton of interest. The recordings would go on YouTube, so it's not like they'd be lost. We'll see what happens.
Yeah, that's about what I was expecting...
author=Xenomic
Yeah, that's about what I was expecting...


Even though it's not my game, I think I'd like to say a huge thank you and well done halibabica!

You started playing this on the 5th of March, that's over 8 months you spent on this game. The amount of time, effort and dedication you put into this review is staggering! This topic is full of constant updates, constructive criticism, bug fixes and suggestions which in itself could easily be considered a review for the game - let alone the actual formal typed review!

Yes, a 2 star review isn't what anyone wants to have, but I don't want people to just focus on that low score or undermine the huge effort you put in. Brilliant stuff.
halibabica
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from Xenomic
Yeah, that's about what I was expecting...

To be honest, I probably could've added up to an entire additional star if the skill system were handled more elegantly. It's that big of a deal. I know you said you don't know how to make a custom menu, but it would definitely be worthwhile to learn. You already have the common events in place, so you'd just need a good structure to house them in.

But apart from that, I'd also like to thank you for being as involved in this play-through as you were. It was always nice to see your responsiveness and that you were following my progress, even through the difficult times. I'm glad you could show that level of engagement, and I hope you found plenty to take away from it.

from Little Wing Guy
Even though it's not my game, I think I'd like to say a huge thank you and well done halibabica!

Thanks dude, it's good to feel acknowledged. Maybe I can fit in more than seven games next year. -.-
halibabica
RMN's Official Reviewmonger
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All right, it's a new week, and a new game for once! My playthrough of Steel Spirit SaGa is off to a roaring good start.



In the meantime, I configured a gamepad I can use to play PC games, so if I ever decide to stream for real, you won't have to listen to my extremely clacky keyboard.

Hopefully, I can get this sorted out sooner than later.
halibabica
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How can they say Zach is ungifted? The man can fly!



So, I got my little issue sorted and started playing this game for real. It's mostly okay so far. My only real complaint is the snail's pace walk speed. Even with as small as the maps are kept, it's like a disincentive to explore.

I started with Zach and got as far as clearing the ruins with Reina. It's always nice to see a less refined princess as a character. However, I gathered a bunch of tablets and have no idea what to do with them. It didn't seem there were any places in the dungeon I could interact to use them, regardless of the cryptic clues provided. I might be more willing to try other possibilities if Zach wasn't so miserably slow.

I saw that this is a demo, and I'm curious how much content is in each path, but I'll probably do the other characters if it isn't too much. I'm still considering streaming, but I want to look into a PC upgrade first. I'm pretty sure mine is over a decade old now...
author=halibabica
How can they say Zach is ungifted? The man can fly!





Are those light shafts coming from behind the banners instead of from the windows?
halibabica
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No, this is clearly light-resistant carpeting.
halibabica
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Continuing on with my adventure, the mystery of the ruins shall remain as such for now. I returned Princess Reina to her home and had quite an interesting scene with her dad. At first, I thought it was going to play out pretty typically; the king gets mad, doesn't listen to reason, does something rash, etc. but then the opposite happened, and it was actually quite refreshing to see. I'm no fan of drama for the sake of drama, so that was a pleasant surprise.

Continuing Zach's wayfaring, I journeyed to Wide and got a new job, but not before pushing the limits of my exploration and triggering the tower cutscene without having met someone who was already supposed to be in the party. This game is well presented, but it's coming apart in a few places.

I appreciated this detail until I didn't.


Some things are less minor than others, but I'm glad to say my biggest gripe has found resolution already. I discovered that Shift lets me run. I guess it was just disabled for the opening scene or something. There was also a brief period where my walk speed got bumped up one by accident, and that was a glorious time. In case anyone's wondering where I stand on movement speed, faster is better. Let me hold Shift to walk.

As of now, I just started Ch.2, and I'm wondering how much content is finished for each route. I guess we'll see...