As in the Etrian Odyssey Untold class, not the "there can be only one" kind. So, this is the character I start with in story mode, and I'm looking at his (it appears to be a "he") skills and, uh, going by other Etrian Odyssey games... they suck. Expend own HP/expend party's HP/transfer binds to allies -- are you kidding me? I usually don't like HP-spending skills in any rpgs, but in Etrian Odyssey, they are death. And binds are things I go out of my way to inflict on enemies in Etrian Odyssey games because they are so powerful.
Well, this is an Etrian Odyssey game, and they do tend to change up quite a bit with every iteration. I guess I was expecting it to be more like original Etrian Odyssey 1, but it's good that the gameplay seems to differ so much in the remake, since that will make it a whole new game. But I'm still staring at this guy wondering where the heck to put his skill points, imagining him draining my Medic's HP to do damage, which hell no.
ETA: Okay, I take it back, Highlanders kick ass. Turning tide, battle instinct, bloodlust (which I don't have yet but look forward to)... actually, that brings me to something. The skills for all classes have been changed, which is good. However, I'm level 7 and have not come anywhere near a party wipe once. No one has even died. I'm playing on Expert, the highest level and the one that's supposed to be like the rest of the series. Etrian Odyssey 4 was also much more gentle than the previous games, particularly at the beginning. :(. I don't want all RPGs to be extremely difficult by any means, but that was Etrian Odyssey's claim to fame. EO:Untold is a little tougher than most RPGs, but most RPGs are cakewalks. Hrm. I hope I'll be taking this back around level 15.
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1) Why would you cover filet mignon, an extremely expensive and delicious cut of meat, in a strong sauce? Strong sauces are for things that don't taste great otherwise. If you can't taste the filet mignon, why get filet mignon in the first place?
2) What's with all the rich food? I have nothing against rich food, but it does make physical activity more difficult, and that's the last thing I would think one would want on Valentine's Day.
3) Why is there so much salmon? If it were oysters, I'd understand, but salmon? Is there a myth about salmon's aphrodisiac qualities that I haven't heard? Am I just not getting it because I hate salmon?
4) Turducken? Seriously?
STOP SAYING THIS MEANS JKR SAID HERMIONE SHOULD HAVE ENDED UP WITH H
Oh and btw needing relationship counseling does not mean you should not be with someone, Ms. Rowling. If you actually said that, I am sorely disappointed in you. I like you as a person better than I like your books, but that quote is really very bad.
This is around the fourth time I've tried to start this post. That's because this chapter is... wtf. What the ever loving fuck. It's actually not particularly offensive from a moral standpoint this time, unless you consider lazy writing for which people are expected to pay money to be morally bad, which I do. You know how in first drafts, lots of people write unrelated scenes with plans to link them up in the second draft? This is what LKH did here, but she never linked them up. Also, I think it's the worst chunk of writing yet, purely from a style standpoint. It's just plain bad.
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Time for sex for 16 pages. I'm not sure how to spork this. If you know anything about LKH, you already know what happens. She cannot name body parts; she does not seem to know the clitoris exists; she's phallus-obsessed; she has characters do things that aren't possible; she writes like someone who has never had sex, seen sex, or read about sex; and she writes like someone who does not inhabit a human body.
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This chapter is a foreplay/beginnings of sex scene in an Anita Blake book. That means blabbering and Issues and manipulation and grossness and weirdness. This chapter isn't quite as blatant about its rapitude as the scene in which Anita and Jean-Claude raped everyone metaphysically connected to Auggie within a certain radius (how many miles does the ardeur reach, anyway?) But it is still explicitly not completely consensual. It reads to me like LKH set out to write a consensual sex scene, but she just plain could not make herself do it.
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Some days, the roads are smooth, the skies are clear, the birds are singing, and the mule trots along happily with my hand on its reins, both of us working in harmony. Some days, the roads are muddy, it's raining, and I have to keep tugging at the mule and feeding it carrots to get it to go. Some days, there's a blizzard, and trying to go anywhere with my mule would be far too dangerous. Sometimes the mule escapes and I have to run after it and when I've caught up, I've lost my way, and we have to hack through weeds to get back to the road. And sometimes, the mule sits down and refuses to go any further for no apparent reason whatsoever. All I can do is make camp and try to relax until I can coax the mule back to the road.
That damned mule is stubborn and temperamental and it likes braying in my face to make fun of me. But when I've treated it right, it can also be loving, obedient, and graceful. I'm dependent on it, but it's no higher form, it's not supernatural, and it most certainly does not demand my blood and tears. What good would blood and tears do it? Blood and tears do not lead to carrots and warm beds.
18 more pages of talking until another sex scene. I've been reading old LKH wank, and she said at one point that people upset by her books should go read books with less sex in them. Like what, Dr. Seuss? I was led to believe LKH's later Anita Blake books have all had lots of sex in them. I think I was misled. What this book has, so far anyway, is lots of people standing around whining about sex. How hot and edgy. It's also really boring to spork. It is much easier to make fun of sex scenes than of this endless blabber.
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