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@danbruno just finished act 3. Damn

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@darius Still in Act 2 on August 26 over here! I’ve just finished talking to everyone at that big party. Excited for real stuff to start happening soon, instead of spending all my time “proving the strength of my convictions” or whatever by sparring with people already on my side 😛

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@danbruno ha yeah. Act 3 will kick off with some very real stuff!

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@darius Stayed up waaaay too late finishing act 2. “I’m already at the end of this dungeon, how much longer could it be?” 😅

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@danbruno finished it! Minus the bonus cutscene you get for 100 percenting it which I definitely just looked up on YouTube, incredible stuff

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@darius Whoa, congrats! I think I’ll be a while yet, I’m trying to be as completionist as I can and haven’t been playing as much as I’d like. Still near the beginning of act 3

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@danbruno let me know when you finish the trial at the start of act 3 with the huge reveals at the end

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@darius Oh I did that one last night! With all the Driechels stuff after the Roselia fight?

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@danbruno yeah! And all the roselia stuff generally. And reinford, and george, etc. I was frankly shocked that they would reveal so much in one go

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@darius Yeah there was a lot to process there! George's story is about what I expected but everyone else was 👀

I'm most curious about Lianne/Arianrhod at the moment, I still don't feel like I have a handle on her

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@danbruno yeah the fact that she was like.... watching over rean from babyhood is wild

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@darius yeah what the heck! Also I'd forgotten that she showed up for a split second in CS1, at the end of the castle over by Legram. Creeper

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@danbruno that was one of the "uh shit I need to play the first 5 games now" moments for me

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@darius For sure. Speaking of which, I can't even imagine jumping into CS4 without having all of that in your head, hah. It's so thick with callbacks that it must be unintelligible. Act 2 in particular felt like it was full of conversations like:

"Have you heard from A and B recently?"

"No. Not from C, D, or E, either."

"Right…I'm worried about F, and G too of course, but they're probably fine…"

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@danbruno by the way someone referred to Duvalie as the best character in CS4 and I have to agree.

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@darius Doing an AOE heal and hearing two people say "thanks!" and one say "I'M PERFECTLY FINE WITHOUT YOUR HELP" is the greatest shit

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@danbruno the person whose comment I was reading on reddit somewhere made the point that basically all the main characters have figured out their basic growth stuff by game 4 (or 9, heh) so Duvalie is a nice change as someone who has a bunch of internalized shit she still needs to get over

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@darius Yeah that feels like a big drawback of this approach. Some of the personal stakes (for Old Class VII in particular) are pretty stale by now—until something actually gets resolved, I don't know that I need Xeno and Leo to tell Fie that "she's grown" again. Duvalie feels fresh by comparison. I have enough affection for the cast that I can overlook how thin some of them feel here, but it definitely feels like the story is getting away from them a little

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@danbruno yeah I found myself ignoring old class vii to a degree that I never would have guessed. I think the new class and the other supplemental characters are just more interesting at this point! It's kind of like stuff with Joshua in any of the games after SC: he was very interesting, then it all got resolved, now he is just some generic big brother type guy. Which is fine but it means I don't care about him so much anymore

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@darius Yeah agreed—at this point I'm mostly interested in what the endgame is for the old guard (does Estelle get to S rank? Does the SSS liberate Crossbell? Do Jusis and Machias ever get married?)

I think the thing I really want more of is throwing everyone into a blender to get new combinations of people. There was a bunch of that on the Pantagruel and I eat that stuff up. Let me see how Elie and Kurt get along, or Kloe and Elliot, or whatever

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@danbruno apparently Hajimari does this in its episodes! I was reading some of the episode descriptions and was delighted at a few of the team-ups

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@darius Oh nice! I don't know much about that game but everything I've heard has me excited. I hope these games are doing well enough for NISA to stick with 'em

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@danbruno oh have you done the history quiz side quest with a reporter? Once you do I want to talk about it

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@darius ooh not yet! Only did one quest so far, the weird one with Maya and her dad’s sniper contest featuring Lechter

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@darius Just finished that Nielsen quest! Had a lucky guess on the first question, I didn’t remember that there was a ‘renaissance’ after the War of the Lions 😅

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@danbruno ha, that was definitely the only one of the quiz quests that I got completely right. So Nielsen: Anguis, right? Or maybe a Dominion?

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@darius He definitely seems like someone! Interesting that he showed up in the last game in every arc…

Do the people inside Ouroboros know who all the Anguis are? Or the other Church bigshots know who all the Dominions are? I would have expected Duvalie/Gaius to clock him if so…maybe they don't though?

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@danbruno we know less about the church than about ourobouros but in the case of the latter I'm pretty sure not everyone has seen everyone. Like they all gather in the celestial globe and have the option to be anonymous and I think many of them just retain anonymity. Like, Campanella does not actually see anyone in Star Door 14. I think Anguis identity is on a need to know basis even for other Anguis (otherwise vita would've ratted them out I think)

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@danbruno and not that this necessarily confirms anything but the JP voice actor for Nielsen in 3rd is apparently the same voice actor for the first Anguis (and also, uh, Tita's dad)

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@darius Ooh yeah that makes sense. In CS2 Sharon says something like "your number doesn't have anything to do with your combat prowess, but in McBurn's case he's No. 1 and actually does happen to be the strongest," which I was thinking implies that she knows who everyone is—but she's presumably only talking about Enforcers, not Anguis.

Really any kind of amiable traveling fellow who says hey to the protagonists every so often should immediately raise their suspicions, haha

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@darius I understand there have been some VO changes even on the Japanese side so I dunno how much stock to put in them, but that would be an incredible long play if that turned out to be it. It'll be like a decade in the making by the time he's revealed haha

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@danbruno yeah I think all the enforcers are known to each other (even if it's not their full identity, a la Bleublanc)

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@darius Speaking of which…Bleublanc doing something useful for a change was a pretty great twist. Ha HA!

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@danbruno he didn't even leave a bunch of baroque clues lying around, amazing

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