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Bloodstained Hands

Woops I forgot to post this! It's about my personal stats for the game. I haven't actually defeated the final optional boss because I can't put enough attention to do it. XD

Anyway, this post contains total MAJOR spoilers. (For other players: don't open if you haven't finished the game yet!)

I first finished the game with my active party at average Level 50-ish; the one where I finished all the hidden/optional bosses I could find in the first playthrough was at Level 55/56.

My winning active party consists of: Rain/Fang, Grey, Matthew, and Shadow.

In order, my favorite sidequests are:

Exports - Love that around the world trip I made, and I also adore your brilliant usage of the NPCs who just seemed they were just complaining about their day-to-day lives.

The Academy - The focus on Grey was an amazing change of perspective. Also, it was my chance to level up Grey's spells without the other guys in the way.

Treasure Hunt - For the unbreakable lockpick. I love the lockpick mechanics; I just hated breaking my lockpicks and having to buy them all the time! I carry like 20-30 lockpicks everytime I go out of the Sanctuary. XD The Alchemist might have paid me lots for doing missions for him, but I also paid him lots for the lockpicks.

Boss fights:

The boss fights against the generals and Kain annoyed me (in a good way) when I discovered they would heal themselves. Well, of course, why didn't I think of that? XD

Kouryuu was the hardest boss fight for me. I had to level grind in Abyssus to do this fight without having everyone die on my every 2-3 rounds of Kouryuu's attacks.

My favorite boss fight is Crevasse. I probably just didn't level up enough for her, but she was tough in a good way.

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Thank you for your patience; I just submitted a review!

It's way more difficult to get the right kinds of screenshots VS playing the parts of the game I need to get to to grab screenshots. XD I almost got pulled into playing into the Amethyne arc, hahaha!

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Hi, Strak!

I'm so sorry I haven't spoken in so long. Truth is that I've had difficulty with the last optional boss due to my short attention span and I've been procrastinating with getting non-spoiler screenshots (boo hoo all of my saves are in the later parts of the game), but I want to assure you I've had my review saved in my files for so so long!! XD Also, I totally waited for the Misao nominations and voted it, and wow congrats!!!

Anyway, the other reason I've been busy is that I started work on an original series and a game. Yipee! BSH did influence me to start on it, especially with how long you mentioned you worked on it. I'm looking to release a formal demo before the end of this year. (The informal one was distributed to trusted friends.)

Enough of me. If the game's been updated since I last popped in here, then I'll be glad to pick up the latest version, grab some screenshots from it, and submit that review. You deserve that additional review. I have no idea why there's only one until now. So sorry I dropped off the earth for a bit, but I'm still here! And congrats on the newer release(s)!

Oh and are the old saves compatible with this latest release? I think the version I have is 5.9. Even so, I don't know, the game wasn't that hard to master compared to how your blog update made it sound like. Or at least for me. I enjoyed the grind. XD

Anyway, thanks man! (I sound so hyper. I'm just excited for this new version release!)

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author=Strak
Hopefully beating them isn't too much of a grind, but thanks for pointing that out, I realize it's not exactly the best "feature" and I may remove it later.

It was actually pretty funny to discover because I took both spellcasters for my "final" party build (no they will not be my actual final party build) and I couldn't figure out why I wasn't doing any damage lol. XD Fortunately, it wasn't too much of a pain to defeat without the spellcasters. XD

author=Strak
Also, out of curiosity, did you manage to find the secret final boss? You mentioned your party was at max level, I'm curious if you've stumbled across it yet!

Yup. ;^) It's a pretty sneaky one! I'll tell you if I beat it lol.

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Hello! I'm almost finished with my New Game Plus. I kinda ran into what seems to be some bug? This is part of the last two main quests. (This is in V 5.9)

My active party is at Lvl 99, but they can't do magic damage to the White Dragon or the Black Dragon. The magic damage registers as some sort of purple orb/shield. I'm not sure if this is a bug or a feature, tbh, because I remember I didn't have a problem defeating them using magic-based skills. But at the same time, I know I can defeat them without using magic-based skills; just that it takes a long time lmao.

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I'm halfway through my New Game Plus playthrough, and I'm actually surprised to find there's another secret I didn't discover in my initial playthrough from v5.6! XD

(Spoilers underneath)
For your reference, it's that thing in Topale. I'm so money grinding for that.

Also, I'm at level 73 now. Do I need ALL characters at Level 99 for the secret final boss, or just my active party? Thanks in advance!


I'm gonna chuck in a review soon. I just need to create some screenshots and upload them somewhere so I can put them into the review.

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Dude, I am so STOKED for New Game Plus with all the updates you made for the game! I'm so glad I put off playing the New Game Plus Mode until now.

Also, thank you so much for squashing the bugs and upgrading the game. I hope you learned a lot about game development! Good luck on your next project. :D

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I second StrangerByNight's comment! The systems you implement is making this game SHINE a lot. (There's still a LOT I haven't explored it seems, ho ho!) I'll have to put my playthrough on hold due to IRL commitments, though. Nonetheless, I'm so excited to import my saves into version 5.7!

Thank you as always for the hard work! I always appreciate a dev who's willing to pour time, effort, and much consideration into their game.

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Hey!

I just want to say, at several points I considered raising complaints with regards to the difficulty, but then I realized I just wasn't thinking enough/out of the box to go through the puzzles and enemies I wanted to complain about. XD Smart, very smart.

The only legitimate complaint I probably ever have is (spoilers for mid-game plot and party members)
the recommended levels for the missions. I was having difficulty doing the part with the Towers and defeating Gareth's forces. However, that's probably only because I'm probably playing the game improperly (read: not using the practice dummies to practice any of the characters' abilities and weapons, selling all the herbs, going into optional boss fights too eagerly, doing too many side quests because I always lack money in the game) until lately. XD


That aside, I'm really enjoying this game! A lot of the elements that were previously complicated just come together to make it for me. I'm even past the advertised 20 hours of gameplay! I don't know when I should leave a review - after I finish the main playthrough, or after I go through the New Game Plus. I'll let you know.

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Yo! I got into your game because of Fesliyan Studios music and the repeatable missions, and I'm having a great time! (Albeit some difficulty as level grinding can get too repetitive for me.) I was at first intimidated by the some of the systems you've implemented, but now they make the game for me.

But my pet peeve aside, I gotta report a bug!
When Marisa was supposed to leave the party, what I'm left with instead is Grey, Matthew, Shadow... and Marisa! The one who leaves instead is Rain. The portraits on the cutscenes that follow are still Rain, but the sprite is Marisa. Any chance it could be fixed? (Oh, and do you want a screenshot of the bug?)

Either way, thanks for the hard work!
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