August 20, 2018

Been gaming

Several gacha games, though they're doing well about getting away from the "gacha" and including a game these days.

Granblue's still plenty of fun, though mostly with friends. It has a lot of the same systems as a more exploitative game (characters through expensive gacha, energy system), but the whole thing feels like it's run by a half-senile and indulgent grandparent; it hands out free rolls like candy (like "ten a day for a couple weeks at a time"), and the "forget the energy and keep playing" items rain from the sky; realistically your limit is physical exhaustion. Gameplay's classic-RPG style with fairly simplistic controls, but advancement is less "what you got out of the gacha" and more "how much work you've put into well-designed equipment grids".

On top of that, I've been trying out Girls Frontline and Azure Lane, the latter of which came out in English last week.

GFL is, basically, Kancolle with guns instead of ships. Nicely polished, plenty of cute, doesn't rely on you bringing tons of cash to get characters, no permadeath (and the girls head for the hills when they're hurt). Some customization/leveling, but a lot less than the other two games.

Azure Lane is actually kind of a game - a shmup, even. We're not talking Touhou or anything that crazy, and by comparison the controls are a little mushy and a lot of shots you just aren't going to dodge - but the girls are fairly tanky (the heavy cruisers are slow, but -very- tanky) and so you're less trying for That Perfect Run and more just mitigating the damage. Or if you're slow, distracted, or just plain bad at it, it has an auto mode that'll half-ass things for me. Enjoyable, especially if you were kind of interested in the idea of Kancolle but the language barrier stopped you. Much more international cast, too - the Royal Navy and US Navy are there in force instead of being relegated to a couple of bonus ships, while the IJN is in the "bad guy" role at the beginning.

Life is going pretty well. Got out to visit the Lexington while I was on vacation (was nice, but take my advice and wait for winter to go!)

Posted by: Avatar_exADV at 01:13 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 It's Japanese or get out for me. I don't play gacha games in English.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at August 22, 2018 05:28 PM (LZ7Bg)

2 I have friends who play GBF in Japanese, as they have the language skills for it; I don't, so I don't. (Most gacha games have completely separate EN servers, usually with the content staged out with the same kind of gaps that it originally had overseas, so the EN server is quite a bit behind. GBF doesn't have separate servers, so you've got all the current content, but at the same time you're playing with/against a million Japanese players with a ping advantage. GFL is the other way around - the CN server is the original, and the JP one actually came out only a couple weeks ago.)

Posted by: Avatar_exADV at August 25, 2018 10:39 PM (v29Tn)

3 Several gacha games, connect 4 though they're doing well about getting away from the "gacha" and including a game these days.

Posted by: mari at March 20, 2024 12:04 AM (9fTyM)

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