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Note: Due to my images host's site crashing I had to re-upload them all. While doing that I added some post commentary labeled with this mark: >>> Also here's a link to the When Love Lies Written Run [Up to the end of Chapter 1] Hi there. Some of you may know me from doing the hardcore mod over in the Reborn thread. Well...a long, long time ago I played bits of Rejuv and just got burned out due to so many issues I had with Rejuv. Well, I decided to give this another shot because Rejuv had a lot of good things I liked, but the issues eventually made me put it down. So this time we're doing something interesting so that I may actually finish this game as well as give a piece of my mind a bit of feedback regarding issues I had with the game and if they're still there. Don't worry, I'm still going to keep this entertaining since this is a semi screenshot run. It's just that not every post is going to be about a battle but more like an LP of the game. Anyways let's get started: Prologue: This is Starting to Look Like a Shipwreck So I didn't screenshot any of the prologue since it's kind of the same old same old stuff from before. At first I didn't like the Zorua story at the start but when I saw the reference I really liked it as it adds a nice touch. I also don't have an issue with anything in the Marianette (I think I spelled that right) flashback except for one thing. It takes focus away from the protag and is something kind of contradicting the silent protag. You see the purpose of a silent protag is to immerse yourself into the game and more or less become that character. Kind of difficult to do when you know something that the protagonist doesn't. You also almost always want to keep it in their perspective only. Breaking that immersion really hurts the idea of a silent protag, however, some characters are designed to be not the player and are normally quiet, but Rejuv I doubt was going for that. Anyways, I still think that portrait is beautiful and the graphics are pretty good here. I'll go into graphics a bit more in a second as it's actually interesting. So now we're at the... (Hello Gorgeous! What's your name?) If this is somehow not Zumi's work I'd be surprised since it's her art style, but she looks so, so much better than Amaria. I really disliked Amaria's design so I approve of the new and improve Amanda. Anyways we're going with regular mode as I'm not sadistic enough to try and go through Rejuv intense while talking about all kinds of things. Also we're going with the standard boy so you're going to see this guy a lot: Yeah...this really isn't my style. Not really a hat person so let's try this... Shit! I forgot to screen cap there. Give me a minute: (That's better. Much Better). Yes, this crappy sprite of mine does have a small purpose. It does help separate Reborn and Rejuv's art styles a bit as I'd say some of Rejuv's NPCs are super well detailed compared to Reborn's since anytime this sprite stands out is a good thing. Also, it is fun to be me in the game. Not much to talk about here still so let's move on: (I'm pretty sure I'm old enough to be your mom.) Not much really changed storywise here that I remember, but everything felt less memey or pop culture which I felt was an improvement. Also pretty sure that hidden item that's easy to miss got moved making it easier. Thank you, Jan. Thank you. Now I don't have to have nightmares knowing I missed a good item early on. I like the layout and design a lot more as it feels a lot more unique and is easier to traverse. TBH, I thought I was going to dread this part, but it didn't feel that bad this time. Maybe because it was prettier. But... (You know what they say: Shippers gotta ship) I know it's a standard, but the NPCs really aren't all that interesting imo. They're the kind of people you can go wild and through more logic out the window compared to the main story. They aren't bad, but more like meh. (We can play a game of Blackjack if you want to try and win it all back. I am a gambler after all). Kind of odd how certain NPCs don't move for the banquet, but whatevs. I missed a few screencaps of the piano girl floor as honestly that bit looks amazing with the backdrop. So much better than the previous design which I think was just a floor. It also makes a bit more sense how the piano came tumbling down later but uhh I'll let the logical fallacies go on that one as it's entertaining. But uhh... (Pieces of metal can control wild animals. The more you know.) An RPG fallacy that even some very good game designers fall into is trying to explain game mechanics in the plot. It sounds silly which this kind of did honestly. I had a hell of a time trying to explain level limiter in hardcore so I can't be too hard here. Just for future game makers of the world, avoid this at all costs. You'll thank me later. I don't have much to talk about until the plot kicks in but... (Seriously look at the difference in art quality. You can see the heavy details on the random NPC so well. Yes, a random NPC.) Rejuv has plenty of graphic inconsistencies and some stuff looks absolutely amazing and other stuff looks...flat is the best way to put it. What I will give so much props to is that the custom tilesets feel so much better than the public and free stuff. I know some stuff was borrowed from Reborn, but most of it feels like it was made just for Rejuv and Rejuv only. That's something I didn't feel in Version 6. And yes, that's the last version I played iirc. It's been a long time. Anyways time for something new: (Tentacles popping up from the ground. I don't like where this is going) I'm glad the Harry potter reference was removed from the bomb part, but...the shading here is a nice little touch that's new. A lot of stuff got changed here and uhh...not sure how I feel about it. I liked all the little boys people getting grabbed by these things as it gave a feeling of intimidation, but this whole new setup does feel a bit more pleasing in terms of animation. The water levels rising was such a cool little touch. (I don't know if it's the sprite or not, but every time I walk I suddenly become Jesus. 10/10 best game ever). I actually liked the boat scenes a lot better now and I really didn't like the previous two versions. I don't even think you really need the password thing at this point as it's not as bad as before and the layout makes it pretty quick paced. Wish the NPCs were a wee bit more interesting, but I thought everything else was fine. And now thanks to a magical fire bird we can move onward! (Thanks Magical Fire Bird! Sorry that Gen VII killed your usefulness) I don't remember what it was like in the early days, but I swear this is the only area in the game that never changed. Never really liked it since well the true city is like 2 minutes away and nothing really goes on here. Well sidequests, but that's a long topic for later and we get to see me get my butt kicked...since Pelipper is gone But yeah, I'm going to stop here now: (The more I look at this building, the less sense it makes. I think the old one was more fitting). Now as a warning, I barely know anything about Gen VII so this is going to certainly be an experience. I know the mons and what they're kind of known for, but that's pretty much it. I'm not sure what starter I'm going to pick though so you guys can humor me. Only ones I won't pick are Chimchar, Typhlosion, Torchic, and Froakie as I do like a challenge. Oh yeah I almost forgot about this:
Some of you may have been here for the Spookening's first arrival, but some of you may be new. If that's the case, prepare for the Sp00kiest time of the year, because October 1st is official here (maybe not for everyone yet, but it will be soon!). As such, the Spookening is back and ready for action. This thread is the Halloween version of the Hattening, which basically means that you post here if you want me to edit your avatar and make it extra sp00ky for the Halloween season. I like to think I've improved my editing skills since last year, so things will be extra sp00ky now. Last year I was unable to finish all the requests before Halloween, so this year I'm starting the thread earlier. I'm going to shoot for editing at least one avatar per day, maybe more if I have time, but I make no promises. That being said, I'll do my best and look forward to seing some spooky avatars around this place! Last year's edits (Example Projects):
As we all know, Pokémon games have fantastic landmarks. I remember going to Lumiose City in Pokémon X/Y and being as surprised as I was when I reached Castelia City in Pokémon Black/White. However, this is not true everywhere. There's usually that place. That place that you go through and thinks: "OMFG I forgot this shitty route/city/thing existed." And at least for a few hours the game simply turns terrible. Of course, I'll just go with a classic one: ROCK TUNNEL Oh all those times that I forgot flash. And all of my regrets for not having any repels. If this place was more late game, it might have been worse. It might have been better. But where it is, it's place where many players will just look at it, sigh, and go through. Hope you were ready for Zubats! So, let's share. What places do you dread in Pokémon? A route that is terrible, a city that there's just nothing, or something else that I forgot. Let's add a bit more hate to those places. But also let's leave fan-games out of this, yeah?