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Strider Hiryu

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About Strider Hiryu

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    Resident Browncoat
  • Birthday 10/18/1985

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    Ask and I might tell
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    The Frozen North
  • Interests
    Philosophy, Poetry, Gaming, Reading, and Anime
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    Freelance Programmer/Artist, Philosopher, Gundam Expert, Depressed Homicidal Maniac?
  • Favorite Anime
    Dirty Pair, Zeta Gundam
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    Ace Combat 6
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    Donnie Darko
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    The Antichrist
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    Spice and Wolf, SOA

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  1. Just because it hasn't been done yet and this happens to be my favorite op out of this season (still takes second to Demon Slayer though)
  2. Oh you and old papa Midgardsormr become fast friends throughout Heavensward (fuck you get him as a mount and no it's not big badass mode, I'm sure you've seen someone riding him around) and Stormblood. Meh, I still think all you nubs need to suffer through ARR but considering I am leveling an alt character I'm happy to hear they're condensing the story because the whole 2.1 - 2.55 slog sucks ass (I'm guessing they're going to get rid of the majority of the useless inbetween quests and just condense the story elements from those into others because honestly there is quite a few things they can't cut out). Then again though I actually play this for the story so the running errands and what not didn't bug me that much since it adds to the story as a whole. It's Lahabrea by the way, the worst of the three major Ascians (and I'm so glad we're done with him but I won't reveal what happens, you'll have to learn that on your own).
  3. Yea but the Doman Refugee's actually play a pretty big role in the story later down the road so helping them now is a good thing (the story for them comes full circle in Stormblood and gets you brownie points with the second coolest Samurai (after Gosetsu, one of my favorite characters in the entirety of FFXIV (he only takes second to best girl Y'shtola and the man, the myth, the legend known as Haurchefant (hey the man grows on you, I initially found him annoying but his character really grows in Heavensward)). Ah so you're closing in on Shiva then so you got a little ways to go yet but things move pretty quickly from here on out. I can't wait until New Game+ is added in 5.1, really wanna go back and relive some of those earlier main story quests.
  4. The last quest you need to do is "Before the Dawn" and after that it's Heavensward content (if you've done Keeper of the Lake (dungeon) you're on the home stretch, you'll have one more Trial to do and quite a few MSQ's to do but it's all pretty quick (unless you're into the story and reading everything). Then you get to enjoy the high point in the story for many before Shadowbringers). God it's been so long I don't even know what Dungeon you're talking about (I'm assuming it's Lost City of Amdapor (Normal since you shouldn't have access to Hard yet)). Fuck I got Snowcloak the other day in 50/60/70 Roulette and I was completely lost on what to do for the second boss (it's been like 3 years since I last ran it). I never did Odin when he was relevant (I've done the fate countless times, that's a blast) but I recently solo'd him and damn near failed it with my fully gear Paladin (1 second more and I'd of wiped). Just wait until later dungeons, the mechanics get pretty crazy (I wanna meet the guy who designed the Shadowbringers dungeons and kick him in the nuts, that motherfucker has a serious hard on for melee range aoe's and it fucking sucks when you play a Samurai. Over half of the fights I'm standing in a corner because I can't do shit) The highlight for me, mechanics wise, is Extreme mode Titania. That's a blast, frustrating but so much fun. Crystal Tower is a quick knock out honestly. Most runs I get through them are no more than 20 minutes (people are so overpowered everything just melts) it's just the quests to unlock each section that take the longest now (and you didn't even have to do the original attunement). With you being this close to clearing ARR completely though I don't blame you for waiting.
  5. *reviving a dead topic again (I'm good at this)* So I finally got around to watching the movie tonight (I really like the idea of renting movies off of PSN). Honestly it was a lot better than I thought it was going to be and that CGI is fucking amazing (better then Ghost in the Shell's which I honestly didn't think was possible and those fucking battle scenes were awesome). Rosa Salazar did an amazing job bringing Alita to life and I have to give props for that as I didn't think any actress would be able to do so (her CGI was a lot better than the trailers showed though she is still in the uncanny valley for me (her look didn't throw me off or anything but I think a lot of the other Cyborgs looked a lot better than her and much more believable)). Now you're wondering, what do they do wrong Strider as someone who has read the source material (currently in the middle of re-reading it since I bought the Deluxe Edition Hardcover set that was recently released)? I'm not going to nitpick this to death like I did Ghost in the Shell as it will be a lot of spoilers for the source material and I suggest going and reading it if you can. I will say that they re-wrote a lot and took way too many artistic liberties when adapting this but it works for the film as it's telling it's own story not the original's (and it's obvious Cameron is a fan of the manga as he took great pains to adapt it in his own loving way). They changed a lot of characters names, changed a lot of scenes from the manga to make this work, threw Motorball in only as a means to an end (this was my biggest disappointment of the whole movie, we finally get a chance to see an adaptation of Motorball and they do a piss poor job of it and fucking make Jashugan look like a fucking punk (he's a fucking badass in the manga and is the fucking Grand Champion of Motorball)), changed a lot of Hugo's back story and story in general, and added in characters that didn't even exist in the manga (and changed quite a bit about Ido but god damn did they pick a perfect actor to portray him). If you want a full list of all the changes and aren't afraid of spoilers since you have no plans on reading the source (what the hell is wrong with you? go read it and if you need me too I'll send you my scanlations discreetly) let me know and I'll go into full detail about all the changes. Overall a solid 6.5/10 mostly for Rosa's portrayal of Alita, Christoph Waltz's Ido (god damn did he do a good job), and the fucking amazing CGI. Soundtrack wasn't too bad as well.
  6. I mean you could get an IL 130 Bow for Poetics if you grind them (I think all together it costs 600 for the tokens, tomestone, and carbontwine to upgrade it) plus you can also get a whole set of IL 130 armor doing the same thing (plus IL 130 will last you to lvl 55 and you can start getting new gear from dungeons then or use the MS quest reward armor around then). Not entirely sure what roulette's will give you Poetics though since it's been a long time since I've run shit that low (but I believe 50/60/70 roulette (if you have access to it), MSQ roulette (easy 300 poetics if you can put up with the cutscenes), and Alliance roulette should if their available to you (though you will have to unlock all the level 50 dungeons and actually have access to all the Crystal Tower raids (Labyrinth, Syrcus, and World of Darkness))). Yea the Relic weapon for ARR is a grind and a half. I'm still not done with it on my Ninja (I have two steps left but I have no want to grind the low level dungeons for the mats and spend the gil for everything else (but I still want it since it's one of the better looking Ninja weapons (if only Ninja wasn't trash in Shadowbringers >.<)). I've also done all the relic weapons up to their Zenith step (next step for you, only one I'm missing is Black Mage because that's still level 30 since I hate dps caster's in this game (though I have to level it to 80 if I want my Amaro mount)). The Heavensward weapons isn't too bad to get but it's another grind (I know because I've done it twice, once before it was nerfed (cost over 5 million gil to do just one step) and once after it was done (the Bard one is by far one of the best looking weapons in Heavensward (with Dragoon's and Paladin's)). For reference I have the NInja one (which there are screenshots up here for) and the Bard one (which I completed a few months before Shadowbringers launched)). I wouldn't bother doing the Stormblood weapon when you get that far unless you want to spend countless hours farming an unforgiving set of content that has yet to be nerfed yet (I gave up after one three hour session in Eureka, wasn't worth it imo)). Heh, I either take screenshots in one of the inns (last three were in the Crystarium's Inn) or outside my apartment in Shirogane. That's mostly due to the congestion is most of the places I log out at (my server is still full and I'm getting sick of the queue times) and I don't like having others in my screenshots.
  7. Bah, fuck those cutscenes. I've seen them so many times I can quote them word for word. I miss the old days when we could skip them (it's the main reason I don't run MSQ Roulette anymore even though it gives 300 Poetics. Fuck 45 minutes on a dungeon that takes less than 10 minutes if you skip cutscenes). Now-a-days, if I run them, I just afk and do something else until I'm needed. Bard's support abilities are pretty much the same as they were in the past it's just that song's did different things and were actually continuous while consuming MP (like Mage's Ballad gave casters MP regen up the wazoo while Army's Paeon gave TP regeneration to everyone else (which TP no longer exists)). I do miss Foe's Requiem but it's a minor loss (though that increased magic damage was nice for the casters). I believe you get Nature's Minne at 60 (it could be 70, don't remember) that increases healing recieved for the target you place it on but as of right now you have all the support abilities you get at 50. At 80 Army's Paeon gets a buff that does one of two things depending on how you use it (not entirely sure, haven't played much of Bard at 80 yet). Honestly though Bard is a hell of a lot more fun to play now (even more so then its original re-work in Stormblood) and I'm even thinking of shelving Samurai to main it going forward (I just hit 80 on Sunday and I'm having so much fun playing Bard). Heavensward was probably the best the story ever was until Shadowbringers came out and has one of the saddest moments in the game for me. Dark Knight's story is probably the best out of all the jobs I've done so far and I hear the level 80 job quests story is fucking stellar (the main reason I'm now leveling Dark Knight to 80 instead of Monk). You got more then a few loose ends to clear up before Heavensward like killing 3 more primals and going through the actual finale of ARR (which is pretty fucking dark). I highly suggest you do the Crystal Tower series of quests if you haven't done so yet. Great story and raids and the story ties in with Shadowbringers and will answer a lot of questions you might have when you get that far.
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  9. Could be as it does seem he doesn't have a positive relationship with EA anymore (though Jack was pretty positive about BF1, there were just a few things that irked him). I know Matimi0 doesn't have one as they don't contact him anymore after his complete shit on Hardline back in the day (he was at the BF1 thingy but that's the last thing he was invited to). Level might be in the same boat as well as he's been shitting on BFV for quite awhile now but I don't really follow his content anymore.
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    Noob Bard

    Bah, needs more Bunny girl. Looking good there sir, can't wait to see what she looks like come 50 and beyond.
  11. Heh, I always pass on gear unless I need it in dungeons but sadly I don't need low level stuff anymore (my lowest level job is 30 and I have all the gear needed to level it to 80 when I need it). Honestly nobody will roll against you if you need it that's the great thing about FFXIV. There are still dicks out there that will but once you get to post-ARR content everything is Job bound so only those of that job can roll on it so as long as there isn't a Dancer, Machinist, or another Bard with you you're guaranteed the drop (armor and accessories are always limited based on role (which for you is Physical Ranged so you're grouped with the other two in that category) and weapons are always Job/Class restricted) as long as you roll need. The only time the loot system sucks is when you're trying to gear up an alt job on you're main and you can't roll need and you have someone of that role rolling need even though they obviously don't need it (24 mans are nightmarish for this. I hate trying to roll on Bard gear on my Sam only to lose out to the bard/machinist/dance who obviously doesn't need the gear and is rolling on it to turn it in for tickets or desynthing it).
  12. Now you know what my issues are with him Sledge. Jeremy is just an overbloated, opinionated asshat that wants attention. Don't get me wrong some of his stuff can be good and I agree with some of it but the majority of it now is just shit. It's either attacking women, other games journalists, or other youtubers (don't get me wrong I know PhillyD isn't exactly a saint but his piece on him awhile ago pissed me off (hey I like Phil's content, it's one of my major sources of news since I fucking hate watching traditional news coverage anymore)). He doesn't have a Patreon but has something similar (I can't remember the name of it but he talked about it in one of his videos, he needs to make all the money he can now that he launched his new Exclusive Games website. Gotta pay those writers and editors now). Jack has been pretty much done with BFV for awhile now. He still plays it but I haven't really heard him say anything good about it in months (outside of one or two things). Jack is also pretty upfront with what content he's paid to talk about (well that and it's law) and I've seen him bash games he's paid to praise (though underhanded and slight, can't make it too obvious). I don't watch his stuff as often as I used to (other, more entertaining things to watch) but I still drop in for some of his more goofy videos or the ones covering BF4 and BF3 (where he does live commentary while playing it, those are some of his best vids imo). Quite honestly there is only one youtuber who's opinion actually matters to be and that's MrHappy but mostly because he's an FFXIV content creator (see I told you I'm addicted to this game, I even follow FFXIV content creators because of my love for it). His guides for dungeons, raids, and primals is top notch and he's very open about everything he's paid to do (and only takes on sponsors who's products he actually likes). He's also has very similar tastes to mine when it comes to game and I respect his opinions on them (hell it was him and someone else that convinced me to buy FFXIV).
  13. I have that mount (It's a mogstation one). Hey don't look at me like that, it's cool and it's a two seater. Have you seen the Regalia yet? That bitch can sit four people and is way out of place in this game.
  14. Welcome to end game pulling where tanks pull everything to get the dungeon done faster. I still can't figure out why people think they can pull huge in the early game when you're missing most of your mitigation abilities and have 1/4th the health (and the fact your healer is stuck with little in the way of healing spells or wtf healing spells). Meh, dps queues aren't overly bad. On average I wait 5-10 minutes as long as it's a roulette, queuing for specific dungeons is where you fun into ungodly queue times for dps since tanks/healers rarely single dungeon queue. Oh you've been to the Gold Saucer have you? Yea welcome to probably this biggest waste of dev time the game has ever had. I go for two reasons and that's the mini-cactpot and the weekly jumbo cactpot. Chocobo racing was fun while it was big now it's just boring. Everything else is meh unless you want to spend the time grinding stuff. There are some cool glamour pieces and some pretty awesome mounts if you have the time to grind the MGP (Fenrir, probably the best mount there, is 1,000,000 MGP. Took me roughly two years to grind the MPG for it. Now I'm grinding for the Cactaur mount that looks like the Gold Saucer but it's 2,000,000 MPG (and I'm at a measly 284,000. I was at 500,000 but I bought the Regalia when the FFXV cross-over event was going on)) but otherwise is just a waste of time. Heh, I pay the monthly fee for TOR and barely play 5 hours a month I should probably cancel it.
  15. Alas you're on Primal and I'm on Crystal, it wasn't meant to be (I'm on Coeurl server, been my happy little home for 6 years). Yea, it might be a while before you can transfer since Shadowbringers upped the populations of servers pretty massively and it probably won't die down for another couple of weeks. You might get lucky though, I have heard of some people getting lucky and making characters on Coeurl even though we're shut down for character creation. Yea, the little ones are for town travel and the only way to use them is to right click on them and pick a destination in town to go too. They're not usable on the map so you'll have to use you're list or click on a big aetheryte closest to where you need to go if you're attuned. I kinda wish they'd allow you to use the map to use in-town aetherytes but sadly it's not a thing (maybe someone will get lucky and talk Yoshi-P into doing it). Eh, don't worry about it. As much as I want the mount (I'll sucker someone else into it or get my other friend to re-establish their subscription just so I can get it (nah, I wouldn't do that. He didn't enjoy it enough to continue playing)) I was more going for getting you some goodies. I'm just happy to hear you're enjoying it enough to buy it.
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