Overall I liked it. I found the difficulty spikes really frustrating, though. Several times I had to just put it down for a day before I could come back to it. I wish I had played it without the preconceived idea that it was beloved, because I felt like I was really forcing myself to play it so I wouldn't be spoiled on the story. I ended up really liking the writing and the ways the story went, but if I had played it at a more leisurely pace it would have been more fun, I think. I have no desire to do a second playthrough, especially because I basically did a pacifist run the first time, besides killing a single monster in the first 20 minutes. (Meaning I didn't get a special ending, what an idiot.) As such, I'm content to just look up what the other endings are.
I've been leaning more and more into emulation lately, especially with this recent humble neo geo bundle providing a more convenient and cleaner way to play NG games than my MVS board that I hook up to a TV. For this, and for PC games (mostly fighters/shmups), I'm interested in picking up a nice arcade stick.
What're my options for a good 6 or 8 button stick that feels good and doesn't look like tacky garbage? I'm not down with stuff with characters printed on it.
The Hori fighting stick 3 is looking pretty good to me, but is there anything else I should consider? Preferably something with decent parts that don't need to be replaced, but I'm not beneath figuring out how to get sanwa stuff going if that ends up markedly cheaper.
I think you have to do at least one repeat mission to unlock mission 45, at least that's how myself and a friend both got it to trigger. Otherwise, no, you don't have to do any repeat missions. The structure of the second half of this game is complete trash, but it's definitely worth finishing. All the good story is in this half (including the stellar mission 43 :) )
Other. I don't call my parents anything, it's weird. I haven't since I was a kid. I'll just walk up to wherever they are and start talking rather than call out their name or anything like that. I do the same with friends a lot of the time, I don't really use people's names at all. It makes speaking Japanese kind of a challenge because you have to use someone's name to address them at all, heh