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    jp's Inazuma Eleven 2: Blizzard (DS)

    [January 11, 2018 02:54:41 PM]
    I just started chapter 4 (I don't know how many there are in total) and I'm starting to feel what might be some "cracks" in the system. I currently need to play (and defeat) what is essentially a shaolin soccer team. I've been losing, but not terribly, 2-1 against, that sort of thing. So, I decided to "grind" a little and level my team up by playing some more matches elsewhere - in a system whose name I don't recall but has you play against other teams that you've previously "found".

    So, I played two matches, they went well and...I'm not sure if I'm ready for the Shaolin players yet...and that's the issue I'm having right now.

    In a "typical" RPG you have some sense of where you stand because the stats and numbers are transparent. Here I know my stats, but the measure of success is opaque. In a typical COMBAT rpg, you can tell if you're doing any damage by, say, looking at a damage bar on the enemy. If it's going down - you know you're making progress and if it doesn't or it goes down too slowly you know that you need to grind a bit more before you're ready. I have no such feedback in play here - AFAIK. So, whether or not my skill check will work is opaque. Whether my super attack will get through (on a kick on goal) is opaque. If my guys seem to have problems dodging opponents...well, that's all I know. Have I had a few rounds of unlucky rolls? Or, did I have an incredibly slim chance to begin?

    In other words, I don't know if how effective (if at all) my grinding is until I hit the pitch and see. Maybe. Because the game has a bit of an action component and I really struggled to get anything to work in the beginning - am I losing because I'm just bad at the game or is it because my stats are too low?
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    [December 27, 2017 06:27:44 PM]
    The more I play the better I get. I think. Maybe it's just because my characters have levelled up enough that they're more successful?

    I'm already on to Chapter 3 - this time we need to recruit a player from the North of Japan (a snowy town whose name I've forgotten). The story is fun, in a cute charming sort of way, and I'm still surprised they made a bonda fide RPG about football. It makes so much sense that I wonder why others haven't done it.

    I thought I was going to quit after chapter 2, but I've decided to keep on going... I recently learned how to change equipment (different shoes and jewelry that give stat bonuses) and I've yet to dive in with the new moves.. it's hard to know which ones to get, why to get certain ones and so on....
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    [December 16, 2017 03:56:11 PM]
    I picked up this one and Firestorm (for my son) because they were cheap and seemed interesting. So far, I'm REALLY impressed. I hadn't noticed it was made by Level-5 (a good sign) and...I'm guessing it's based on a TV show?

    So far, it's a refreshing "typical" RPG (ala Dragon Quest, etc.) BUT, the RPG elements are all football related and combat is all replaced with football matches!

    The story is over-the-top anime style (aliens arrive and destroy all the football clubs and want to defeat everyone, and they're really good) with special moves...

    The combat is action-oriented and I'm having a really hard time understanding what I'm supposed to do, but I've noticed that a few of the matches so far area really scripted so I'm hoping it's an ease-you-in type tutorial... I have only been able to win at ONE random football battle and I don't understand the stats or system OR when I'm supposed to use the stylus and when not to... I hope I'll figure it out because I'm really intrigued and excited.


    There's also a lot of anime cut-scenes (they remind me a lot of the Layton games cut-scenes, but there's more of them) and all the characters have english accents! (I got the game in the UK, so that makes sense...)
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    jp's Inazuma Eleven 2: Blizzard (DS)

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    GameLog started on: Saturday 16 December, 2017

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