Thanks for the welcome, guys!-Kajiwotore-
I have indeed been playing the new Fist of the North Star game, I do like the Hokuto No Ken universe (I did read quite a bit of the manga back in the day) and when I've heard the Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio was making a game on that universe, I knew it was going to be good, I definitely wasn't disappointed! I'm progressing somewhat slowly since life keeps me pretty busy these days, but at least it makes the fun last longer that way!
I think Devil May Cry 1 was also the game that got me into the genre, I did play Ninja Gaiden 2 and had a lot of fun with it, but I was absolutely terrible at it, definitely a great game (And series) with a lot of depth to its gameplay that my young (At the time) scrubby self didn't manage to really grasp well!
I haven't played MGRR in a while either so I'm probably extremely rusty as well! I've heard a lot about God Hand too, never did manage to get my hands on a copy though.
I'm mostly a JRPG player, the Shin Megami Tensei series, as well as its spinoffs like the Persona series are among my favorites, especially Persona 2: Eternal Punishment, the Devil Summoner Raidou Kuzunoha duology and the Digital Devil Saga duology. Dragon Quest VIII is also a game I have played a lot, and if you enjoyed it, I do recommend giving XI a try as well, I've been playing it lately and it certainly has the same magical feeling as VIII, a true classic with top notch presentation while staying true to its roots! I've also played the Kingdom Hearts series quite a lot, 2 being my most played one (The original PS2 version, not the Final Mix one which I never did get), I did kinda quit following it all when we got a ton of spinoffs on different consoles though!
As for Western RPGs, I did enjoy most of the usual big names you see of that genre, Mass Effect, The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, The Witcher... to varying degrees.
I'll do my best to stick around and be decently active!Royta
Thanks! Glad to be here! I did browse the forum a bit and noticed a good variety in terms of topics, I won't hesitate to go and try to rekindle some conversation in them if I have something to share! As for the Ace Combat series, that's probably the one series I'm even more passionate about than Yakuza, so I'll gladly share my love for it! I'll try and do that once I get enough free time to do a pretty complete thread on it, I wouldn't want to do any less, after all!
Ah, all those RPG names sure bring back memories indeed! I've played Tales of Symphonia and Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance to death back then! I still love both of these series, actually! I got to play Baten Kaitos at a friend's place, but never managed to secure a copy for myself. In terms of Final Fantasy, I've played most of the numbered games before XV, IV being my favorite of the series, closely followed by V and IX.
As for my avatar, as Birdman pointed out, it's the cockpit of a fighter jet seen from the left and slightly behind, to be exact, from a Rafale M, as shown in one of Ace Combat 7's latest trailers, here's the full picture if you're curious!https://vgtimes.ru/uploads/gallery/main/138370/1537745244_4730.jpegBirdman
The Ace Combat series is very much arcade, planes carry dozens, if not close to hundreds of missiles and you don't have any feature such as High-G affecting your pilot or anything of the sort, some Attacker planes can attack other planes just fine, despite being made to attack ground targets and you have very slow planes such as the A-10 breaking the sound barrier, overall, the series is purely made to be fun and fairly accessible.
As for a good place to start, most people in the Ace Combat community agree that the series' highest point is the PS2 Trilogy, composed of Ace Combat 04, 5 and Zero, which is when it started focusing on having actual stories and world-building. Ace Combat 2 (On PS1) remains my absolute favorite in the series for the sheer arcade fun it offers though.
Out of the PS2 Trilogy, I'd recommend checking out 04 first, while it definitely has a story that's actually not bad at all, it still gives a lot of room for the actual gameplay and was the first to be released on the platform. 5 is much more story-focused which makes for a great first playthrough if you get invested in the story. Zero is the pinnacle of the PS2 Trilogy for me, bringing the best balance in gameplay, story, mission design and pretty much every aspect so it wouldn't be a bad choice either. Overall, despite most of them taking place in the same universe, the stories are only pretty loosely related so there's not really any game you have to play to understand the others.
If you have an Xbox 360, there's Ace Combat 6 on it, which is pretty great as well with a gameplay that's very focused on large-scale battles, more than any other AC game before it, it's also very replayable since missions can be tackled in different ways depending on which operations you choose to complete first.
On a side note, Ace Combat 7 will be released on the 19th of January on PS4 and Xbox One, and on the 1st of February on PC, it's marketed as a good entry point for beginners as well, so that's always an option, if you don't mind paying full price for your first game in the series.