Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Episode 10 - The Capital in Flames!

I particularly enjoy the beginning of this song. Well, sorry about disappearing yesterday, but the trust me I spent ALL DAY playing this episode. Not that it was very long, in fact it wasn't. I did, however, spend an ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF TIME grinding like hell for some of the optional bosses. More on that later...

You can pretty much gather what goes down just by the name of the episode, can't you? When Raidou was out screwing around in another world trying to get back, everything has gone to hell and quite quickly. We're approaching the end of the game, so of course it's about to get very real.

Now, the boss of this episode is pretty unique in that it forces you to adapt to his rules. Plot wise, this guy is very important, so I'm not going to give context as to what's going on. He will, however, bind your demon and permanently send him back into your demon tube in which you are NO LONGER ALLOWED TO USE IT FOR THE REST OF THE BATTLE. I soon found myself running out of demons, forcing myself to take him on one-on-one more often than not. I should say I was frustrated, but I had fun with this fight. Lots of running around, blocking, and demon maneuvering kept things interesting.

This guy obviously had a long fight with it, but it's one of the few boss fights out there that encourages you to fight smart and not just mash the attack button every time. Use the block button, people! It'll save your life someday!

Now, I spent the entire day in this episode because there are some secret demons you can unlock, but you have to be an absurdly high level in order to get them. In the process, I did a ton of fusing, a ton of fighting, and fought a boss that was harder than the one in the video I just showed! Let's see what I ended up with!

"One of the 72 demons of the Goetia. It led the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ruin, and prosecuted Jesus. Those who summon Belial are granted high social status"

This guy, Belial is the strongest demon in the pyro class. And he's HUGE! Summon him around town and he's at least twice your height. Seriously, this guy is powerful. He also comes with Astral burst which is one of the most powerful techniques in the game! Max 999 damage! I got him through demon fusing, he was actually necessary to have in order to complete an optional quest which leads to:

"A ghost who appears as a small blonde girl. She seems young, but her magic powers are formidable. She is either the ghost of an English girl who died a sad death, or an evil spirit from a fevered writer's mind."

A little girl?! Well, everyone knows little girls are pure evil so I guess it makes sense. Alice is an optional boss fight, which defeated, will allow you to create her via fusion. With Belial and Nebiros (see early episodes), you answer the payphones scattered around town and she'll suddenly appear asking for you to die for her. This fight was significantly more tougher than the actual boss fight of this episode thanks to her many "death" skills like mudo and curse. You can be fine one second and down to a quarter health the next! But she eventually went down and now I feel more manly than ever having a little girl follow me around town.

"In Japanese mythology, the Kudan is a supernatural creature that is born with the body of a cow and the head of a woman or a man. It comes into being just before an accident or disaster happens, predicts the upcoming calamity, then promptly dies. The Kudan's prophecy will always come to happen, and as such it is considered an extremely ill omen."

Great, a floating cow with the head of a human woman. Nothing weird about that. Kudan is essentially the Raikou/Suicune/Entei of this game. She'll appear to you in a random battle, and almost certainly run away before you have a chance to kill her. Thanks to her absurdly high defense and healing abilities, killing her is a challenge, but thanks to Belial I pulled it off. A fun thing about her is that bullets HEAL her. Oh yes.

This is going to be done before the week is over I guarantee it! Until then, later!


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