People are going to make fun of me because I posted something like this about a totally different genre earlier. Hopefully you won't mind.
I love RPG's, always have. So does my fiancée, and I try to actually get ahead of her and play what she likes so that I can A.) experience/appreciate some of her favorite stuff, and B.) talk to her about it spoiler-free (unintentional spoilers flow from her like fine wine, poor lady...)
I've played the shit out of a couple of RPG's in my time...Oblivion, Skyrim, Fallout 3, Diablo 2, etc. Never beat 'em, but spent a lot of time on them (I end up getting distracted and burning out,) and really enjoyed them. I've even beaten a couple (Persona 3, Dark Souls, and I might have made it through DS2 if my PS3 hadn't died...I was on the LAST GUY!!!) Thing is, that must have been magic, considering how bad I am at understanding stats and stuff. I made it halfway through Persona 4, my fiancée's favorite, and basically found out I hadn't done my party right and need to start over if I want to actually beat this damn boss that wrecks me in like three turns.
I also hit a wall like that in Ni-Oh, which is a shame, because what a game!
I'd like to get a firmer grasp of some of the principles of RPGs so that I can get more enjoyment out of the must-plays and not feel like I'm succeeding completely by accident. I know I can look up builds and stuff, but it would feel super good to put together something myself and actually have it work.
What was it that helped y'all get used to things like analyzing stats and optimizing? I don't necessarily need to breeze through everything...that's probably out of my reach. I just like to play, and I like to make progress.
Disclaimer: the fact that I suck is not the games' fault. I super respect the incredible skill of these MLG guys what tear through this stuff on the highest difficulty and figure out how the games work at a sub-atomic level. So, no excuses.
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