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I just finished Chapter 9 at 20 hours. But I spent a lot of time upfront executing all the exploration and dialogues. I plan on dialling that back significantly. It just (IMHO) distracts from the game. Skipping those does effect the game, but I simply cannot spend so much time on what I consider tedious and boring.



Chrkeller said:
I just finished Chapter 9 at 20 hours. But I spent a lot of time upfront executing all the exploration and dialogues. I plan on dialling that back significantly. It just (IMHO) distracts from the game. Skipping those does effect the game, but I simply cannot spend so much time on what I consider tedious and boring.

It's fine, you're suppose to play you see fit in the first place, otherwise it sure would be no fun, but still I think you didn't do much honestly if you've clocked a playtime like that already.

Did you only do the mandatory battle at the end of each month or are you also doing the side quests battles and paralogues ? I wouldn't be surprised if your team was underleved or couldn't pass the certifications requirements to upgrade their class since you don't do much activities affecting your professor level and the students motivation.



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I am sure I am missing a lot, I just can't get into that level of character development, especially the lost items.

I love the paralogue battles, almost as much as the main story. I have been hitting those pretty hard. The game is still very good, and frankly I find it well designed, to your point it allows for customised play.

Edit:

I am guessing my style of play probably mandates normal mode, it probably would not be effective on hard, which is fine.  



Mar1217 said:
Liquid_faction said:

Uhmm, the game isn't that long... That 80 hour per house was pretty exaggerated. My first clear was 36 hours and that was me trying to look at guides and trying to save everyone. Second and third one went a lot faster since I didn't have to go through the unnecessary stuff like looking at their bonding events or roaming around the monastery. I'd have beaten this game much faster if the switch didn't have to die every two hours (and before you ask, why not just plug it into the TV, I play Three houses like I play VN's, with headphones.) Look at it this way, a VN called Rio Reincarnation was released on July 23, according to VNDB it's a 50+ hour game, I finished that before Three Houses came out on the 26th at midnight.

36 hours huh ? I guess you just skeemed through the game then, you probably automated your teachings with the students, didn't explore much of the monastery beyond your 1st time, didn't watch most of the support conversation on your first run and speed through the multiples battles of the game in less than 30 minutes each ...

1) You rushed through your playthrough hard to get to the ending, which undermines the experience you could of had by doing almost none of it than just the mandatory.

OR

2) You're lying through your teeth. (Unless you're willing to give proof in the form of a screenshot or such)

Sorry, but I'm truly skepitcal on your account, I mean no harm though. It's still fine if that's the way your wanna play your games.

I'm NoT oBlIgAtEd To GiVe YoU pRoOf!!

Spoiler!

Atleast, that's what I would say if I was some cuck.

https://imgur.com/Rxn6CK6

Here is a pic of my Switch just so some of you people that think I'm hating on the console for no reason would calm down.

https://imgur.com/cK11ap6

Here is a pic of my last clear, my current playthrough, and two of my first playthroughs.

https://imgur.com/GaM03co

And since I overwrite save clears with a new clear, here is a pic of my extras with the main characters all at A, except for second best girl Edelgard being an S. (You can only get an A with a character after the time skip, atleast, that's when I got the A's. 

The only thing here is that I played the game on Casual, that's mostly cause I didn't really buy this game for the combat, I bought it for the ship.

Last edited by Liquid_faction - on 06 August 2019

Liquid_faction said:
Mar1217 said:

36 hours huh ? I guess you just skeemed through the game then, you probably automated your teachings with the students, didn't explore much of the monastery beyond your 1st time, didn't watch most of the support conversation on your first run and speed through the multiples battles of the game in less than 30 minutes each ...

1) You rushed through your playthrough hard to get to the ending, which undermines the experience you could of had by doing almost none of it than just the mandatory.

OR

2) You're lying through your teeth. (Unless you're willing to give proof in the form of a screenshot or such)

Sorry, but I'm truly skepitcal on your account, I mean no harm though. It's still fine if that's the way your wanna play your games.

I'm NoT oBlIgAtEd To GiVe YoU pRoOf!!

Spoiler!

Atleast, that's what I would say if I was some cuck.

https://imgur.com/Rxn6CK6

Here is a pic of my Switch just so some of you people that think I'm hating on the console for no reason would calm down.

https://imgur.com/cK11ap6

Here is a pic of my last clear, my current playthrough, and two of my first playthroughs.

https://imgur.com/GaM03co

And since I overwrite save clears with a new clear, here is a pic of my extras with the main characters all at A, except for second best girl Edelgard being an S. (You can only get an A with a character after the time skip, atleast, that's when I got the A's. 

The only thing here is that I played the game on Casual, that's mostly cause I didn't really buy this game for the combat, I bought it for the ship.

Ok, fair enough ;0

Although, doesn't this mean that you clocked WAY more than 100 hours actually ?



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RaptorChrist said:
Cerebralbore101 said:
Okay I restarted on hard difficulty. OMG it's brutal! Two enemies can easily kill most of your characters, and your mages will get one-shot if you are not careful! I spent over an hour last night just trying to beat the first bandit group without losing a student!

I'm not that far into the game myself, but I'm also playing on hard mode, and I'm sure it's going to get tough at some point, but if you're referring to the tutorial at the beginning, then I didn't have that problem. It seemed like the game guided me on every turn telling me where to go. It sounds like you might be farther than me, though.

Are you doing classic as well? That's how I played through Conquest, and I remember some missions requiring multiple resets, but I eventually managed, so I figured I'd carry on that legacy with Three Houses as well.

Not the tutorial level where you have all three house leaders. It's the second time you are fighting the bandit leader though. When you kill this guy...


Playing on classic mode. So if a single unit dies you have to rewind time. 



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Finished my second playthrough (done both BE routes now) - I said it after the first one and I'll say it again now after 90 hours, this is the GOTY and one of the best games ever made. The story intricacies, the character building, the design is just absolutely perfect. I love this game so much



RingoGaSuki said:
Finished my second playthrough (done both BE routes now) - I said it after the first one and I'll say it again now after 90 hours, this is the GOTY and one of the best games ever made. The story intricacies, the character building, the design is just absolutely perfect. I love this game so much

Oh shit!

So many different opinions, who do I listen to?

Any Blazing Blade fans want to speak to this game? And I mean the sorts that REALLY hated Awakening (I'm not one of you, I liked Awakening, but I am very very sympathetic toward your opinions).



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I was hoping to do at least 2 playthroughs before astral chain releases but I may have to settle for one and do a second playthrough later in the year



Jumpin said:
I guess I should rephrase my question.
1. Is the game fun to play with zero save-scumming (going back to earlier points when the result of an action is undesirable) and perma-death on?
2. Does the game have a lot of grindy/chore-like tasks required to build characters? Or is straight-up strategic action + story all the way through? (with characters growing in stats along the way)

1. You are about the only person I know who pushes onwards when a unit dies whereas everyone else starts the battle over again. As for your question, no. Three Houses has one of the smallest casts in the series (29-31 characters depending on the path you take) and the recruitment process has a lot of requirements that aren't easy to meet on the initial playthrough, so chances are that you'll have access to 20 or fewer units, leaving not much room for error. New game+ helps to recruit people easier.

2. Building characters can be sped up by skipping the thorough exploration of the monastery each month and only doing the most important things via fast travel within the monastery. It's also possible to skip right to the end of each month in which case the game automatically assigns skill EXP to the two skills that are currently selected for each character. The risk of skipping is that it gets harder to recruit new characters. Overall, Three Houses has easily the most non-battle time of any game in the series.

Jumpin said:
RingoGaSuki said:
Finished my second playthrough (done both BE routes now) - I said it after the first one and I'll say it again now after 90 hours, this is the GOTY and one of the best games ever made. The story intricacies, the character building, the design is just absolutely perfect. I love this game so much

Oh shit!

So many different opinions, who do I listen to?

Any Blazing Blade fans want to speak to this game? And I mean the sorts that REALLY hated Awakening (I'm not one of you, I liked Awakening, but I am very very sympathetic toward your opinions).

Regarding story and characters, you are getting a strong package. But as mentioned above, there's also quite a lot of baggage attached to enjoy the game to its fullest. I wouldn't mind if the free-roaming in the monastery had been replaced by menu-based actions, such as base conversations in Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn where only characters who have something to say between chapters get some spotlight, as opposed to the monastery where most characters just give some short and usually unimportant commentary when you talk to them.

I don't think you'd like this game. Then again, you are totally weird.



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