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    • David Please link to the card post that show which card at the beginning is to which element
    • HueHueBear Hi there, totally agree with you that the game is very well made.
      Only slight problem that I have is how the game eats up memory and lags lol.
      Here is a long/massive/enormous/gigantic comment also dedicated to feedback-tips-recommendations-tips?

      -Difficulty: Some says that the game is easy and some says that it's hard. Since I'm a maniac that uses the save & load moderately and takes note of many data (Relationship data, Stat Grind), I find it somewhat easy. It wasn't necessarily a walk in the park, but you can get 5 soulmates if you do it right, maybe even 6. SimMan said that some was also able to do it. So you can if you believe and do it right ~
      Ending note: No playboy end as of now. After finishing this game and the previous installment, I think it's a good choice story-wise. Since it's a story about your love adventure in Shambala and it's well done.
      (Even if there are scenes where you have fun with the other girls. On a side note, there should be a husbando/male version of those scenes if you chose female gender for your character in my opinion. Not to complain, the scenarios are well drawn)

      -Starter Card: Basically you are to choose between four cards which represents the basic four elements. The choice that you make here dictates which element you will learn at 1/2 the total skill cost. This is quite an important decision if you know who you are going to date and team up with and that you want to make a optimal team. There is a fifth element in game, called neutral. I am fine with the absence of a choice to pick it as your main element, since you should be focusing in offense early and not sustain. Even with that, Shields are good enough for the early part of the game anyways. Dea is here for that sweet sustain and karmic intervention anyways :D

      -Honor: Maybe in the future it will be also used for captain/normal skills cost/requirement? Or is it just some kind of status/title? Or maybe a hidden factor for dating! Nah. Probably not the latter lol.
      Either way, I, a bad-ass with capped intelligence, self-image and love will always be a private. Notice me pls

      -Heady details on captain skills incoming, BRACE YOURSELF AND YOUR BRAIN FOR READING D:
      Currently in patch 2.3 there are four captain skills which only you can learn (you're special)
      They aren't necessary per se, but they are quite helpul and might even save you from super dangerous fights (which happens a lot in the arena lol)
      Like normal skills, you need to spend skill points to learn them. However, they are more like a consumable skill. Once you use a captain skill charge, you need to replenish later by learning the skill again. For example, you learned captain skill A once, that means you can only use it once in any fights and if you have to pay again if you want to use it again. Because of this, I usually stock up on captain skills (between 2 and 5).
      There is Change Formation, +1 Skill Point to all the members in the fight, Bonus Honor (Honour for people that uses non US English) and Clear Cowardice+Dizziness with skill 3x speed for 1turn. For honor boost, I think that it's just like the skill point boost, +1 to all in members that are fighting. The most important that you have to remember is that THEY DON'T TAKE UP A TURN AND THE EFFECT IS INSTANT. Which basically means that you can use your captain skills then proceed with fighting order normally.
      Change formation and "Inspire" (That's what I dub the clear cc+skill speed) are the two captain skills that doesn't have a gem cost. However, they cost 2 skill points to learn. I have never used change formation, but "Inspire" is very essential to me. You can use it EVEN IF you are dizzy/afraid. I mostly use it for the ailment clear though. What is cowardice and dizziness you ask? Cowards are last priority in a fight order regardless (or so I think, not certain if they are faster than speed 10 skills) and dizziness is being stunned (You can't do anything except for captain skill). Also good to use to speed up your AOE skill priority In a potential one turn kill from the enemy side or yours. The other two, +Skill and +Honor, costs a gem to use (Fire and Earth gems respectively) and have a 1 skill point cost to learn. I rate +Skill about 3/5 since it only gives everyone a skill point and not double skill point gained from whole point (thank goodness lol). What makes them also useful is not only for the direct effect that they give (+Skill or Honor), but how it clears up a fire or earth gem. Pretty nice if you are trying to clear up space for a 5x Gem cost combo for any other element or just want to clear them up.
      Important note: To use captain skills (or just change formation and inspire), the main character must be in the front line. They are found at top of the hexagon wheel, purple colour/color.

      (For battle lag, heavy memory use probably due to animations. Doesn't matter even if you have 16+ GB of ram due that the game is still limited to 4GB of ram anyways. Needs to be polished/fixed ~ Save your game before fights! Save your game also periodically after fights if you don't already save often since fights uses a lot of memory and another fight will bring a cumulative effect of lag Q_Q)

      -Cash: You should honestly be fine without grinding from fights if you do farm your stats and bring a date to work sometimes (more often mid-late game). Fights are nice due to time and cash efficiency at late game, but honestly I'm also a lazy person. I'm not reloading to get a full run equivalent to banking. Still managed managed to get a full waifu harem even with spamming bank with partner rofl. If we talk about $ per energy, then here is the order (if we take account of max stats and partner): Themed Park, Nightclub, Bank, Fighting (High Grade/SE). Note that I didn't add casino, since you it's not affected by skills, you can make a loss and you can get a big gain (30 en for 1.4k+? Someone talked about how much in another post, do browse the freedom wall ^_^) Speaking of cash:

      -Gifts: Very important early game and still somewhat good mid-late game. Depending on what you buy, you might gain a high relationship point. Rings for instance, cost around 8-9k, but the right ring might give around 600 relationship points. As you reach near cap stats, cheap things like flowers and chocolate becomes obsolete, since talking is way better at all maxed (5En and no cost for 50 relationship and 200~ mood), so remember to buy more expensive stuff, we all love expensive stuff right? Might reply with a list of gift relationship gain and mood if anyone wants it.
      Very important note: When you gift, there is a delay before gifting the same gift again. For example: Chocolates have a 1 day cooldown, but rings have a staggering MONTH of cooldown. You don't need to rush at November for buying diamonds rings lol. You can't give the same thing if you already gave it and still expect them to love them like real life though, unless that you are with a yandere. That changes a lot of concepts XD

      -Relationship tips: Make friends early. They don't typically have to be basked with your presence every so often. That starts when you get to reach close friends status. Talk is available at any mood. Gift and photo is available at pleased mood. Date is at delighted mood. Flirt is at smitten. Kissing is at loved. These things implies that mood is only very important for kissing and date (flirt is meh since it's a bit random, hope for a patch that makes it viable). Do not start interacting at base stats. You are just wasting time. NOBODY WANTS A NOOB OR QUIET PERSON THESE DAYS Q_Q
      At worse if you want to find someone just use the save feature and load until you find them if you aren't friends yet. Might be problematic if someone is at a time restricted area (Bank, Restaurant, Nightclub).

      Black Market disabled temporarily, more on that on a post about it.


      Verdict

      Art: Noice! If you hate the art style (anime-like), then fine. You can't deny it's well drawn though.
      Audio: It's ok generally. Sometimes if feels generic At key moments though, it's great, superb, essential, defining. Ending music is so good. Would buy the track if I can, 10/10. Right now I'm stuck with playing the mp4 file over and over lol
      Story: Great story (If you bother reading). Not really going to spoil the story so GO PLAY THE GAME >:D
      Game: Great date sim. Needs more content in my opinion. Probably would want to continue from the end Q_Q (Premise to SimGirls3?)

      I think the game needs to be tweaked and a bit in game balance though.
      I don't think that there should be a massive number of buff or nerfs. However, some things could have been done better to smooth out the experience though. Flirting for instance. Well, at a lesser degree than when I've ranted a bit on a post about when I've taken time to consider after SimMan mentioned gifting. I might as well think that flirting is an after thought by the time you reach lover stage anyways and even when you reach dating partner due that it's quite random. Maybe that is how flirting was meant to be though. i would want to gain a bit of relationship point if you do take out your partner though (Drinking, Eating out, watching movies together). I mean aren't they also like gifts? I don't mind like getting just 1 relationship or what not. It kind of feels flat out weird to me that hanging out with a person is something that contributes less to relationship than giving them a chocolate lol. I only know that being with date at somewhere only gives moods as surplus (not sure if it's already implemented since relationship doesn't seem to increase nor is there a pop-up)
    • SimMan Will take some time to read the whole thing. For now the credits will be applied after the black market reopen. We are working on it.
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    • Drew http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m8oa84ljOP1qzjb8ko1_500.png If they were to dye their hair like this itd be interesting, but like its obvious hyuna looks better for instance like so http://yellowslugreviews.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/hyuna-is-it-poppin.jpg so thats why I feel like a wig would be better imo.
    • Robin How about blonde Asians? :p
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