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To be fair, I'm pretty sure the Acid games are considered non-canonical to the main games for reasons such as this.
Didn't think it was, but its pretty shocking just how sloppy it is, on the plus side it makes me appreciate the witting of the main series more.

A few more point that I just remembered. The game use "O" to confirm and "X" to cancel, which is the japenese default but very much not the NA, usually company will flip it when they port stuff over, but not here so you'll constantly do something when you mean to cancel. You can upgrade cards, but the game doesn't tell you what the upgrade does, which can lead to a bunch of really awkward stuff, like your non lethal tranq pistol turning into a lethal gun or the upgraded card having a lower limit in the deck (ie you can have 4 basic but only 2 upgraded, so if you upgrade all 4 of your card you can use 2 and essentially lose the other 2). The enemy AI is also completely brain dead, I tried to kill myself once to restart a level but even walking right in front of the enemy and standing still was too much for them, I had to drop a mine next to a bunch of barrels and trigger it myself to finally die.

So I grabbed another game, wild arms XF. Wild arms is a cowboy theme JRPG franchise that died out in the PS2 era (5, the last one, was pretty bad, it went full anime plot). XF is a tactics a la final fantasy tactics. It does a few interesting things, almost every main story battle has some sort of gimmick, maybe you gotta escort NPS, or sneak somewhere or there's a time limit. The variety is great, but a lot of fight end up being a bit tedious or you have to figure out how the dev wanted you to clear a level and might have to restart a few times until you figure it out. New classes are given to you at fixed point in the story rather than FFT more organic version where you get them when you met pre requisite. Classes have good variety and a good amount of interesting skills, similarly equipment tend to be more interesting than just stats stick. So overall I'd say its a compare very well to FFT gameplay wise.

Story wise trough, ouch. It sorta tries to do the same kind of political intrigue story, but it just doesn't even have 1/10 of the writting chops to pull it off. Characters are all cartoonish archetype and the main story is just a convoluted mess. The games has to twist itself in all kind of knots to justify your character being involved in the story and then just end up resorting to "she's the one" bullshit anyway. Otherwise it also goes pretty deep in the anime cliche, there's even the usual skits about some 30+ character being constantly called old and treated like they're 80 or something.
 
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Man, Cult of the Lamb is good and all, but my follwers just don't like feeding themselves for some frustrating reason. I have to order the idiots to do it like 90% of the time now. And the temple only seems to allow 6 follwers in, which can't be upgraded, and you can't seem to choose which 6 to enter, so certain side quests just can't be completed if they involve requiring a follower to engage in a ritual when you can't even get them into to the temple in the first place. Other than that, and maybe the odd other niggle or two, is an addictive fun time. Hopefully those are merely patchable hiccups and not purposeful design specifically to punish me for my overwhelming guilt from all those crimes.
 

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Man, Cult of the Lamb is good and all, but my follwers just don't like feeding themselves for some frustrating reason. I have to order the idiots to do it like 90% of the time now. And the temple only seems to allow 6 follwers in, which can't be upgraded, and you can't seem to choose which 6 to enter, so certain side quests just can't be completed if they involve requiring a follower to engage in a ritual when you can't even get them into to the temple in the first place. Other than that, and maybe the odd other niggle or two, is an addictive fun time. Hopefully those are merely patchable hiccups and not purposeful design specifically to punish me for my overwhelming guilt from all those crimes.

Temple/Shrine capacity upgrades with the Cult tier (I think it ups form 6-8 on Tier 2 for instance)

The game seems to have the same "trap" as Oxygen Not Included, it will happily hurl more followers at you then you can support early on, which will then spiral into a morass of poop and vomit. While also unfortunately not including a "Reject follower" button (so you have to accept dumb ones like the ones that immediately smack your faith down a bunch on join)
 
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Temple/Shrine capacity upgrades with the Cult tier (I think it ups form 6-8 on Tier 2 for instance)

The game seems to have the same "trap" as Oxygen Not Included, it will happily hurl more followers at you then you can support early on, which will then spiral into a morass of poop and vomit. While also unfortunately not including a "Reject follower" button (so you have to accept dumb ones like the ones that immediately smack your faith down a bunch on join)
I already upgraded to what appears to be the highest tier, 4, so far with no difference, though it does mention a temple upgrade on each one, it doesn't say what the upgrades are. However, I just did a second google and a couple of new reddit threads seem to be saying it's a known glitch, especially on PS5 currently.



May have to just await patches for now, it is early days and there's already 2 -3 patches released.
 

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I did another Hard Mode playthrough of The TakeOver with Jackson this time. Almost managed to beat my high score. I finally got 200 kills in Final Vendetta's Survival Mode. I am never doing that again. I played some DMC5 on XONEX for the first time earlier today. Then I did a round of DmC.
 

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Made it as far as the third boss of Ikaruga outside of stage practice mode for the first time. Wasn't able to beat it, even coming in with 3 lives; probably gonna have to look up a few more videos on how it works. Might have had another life to work with if I hadn't completely blown the first part of stage 3 and failed to keep (or even really get) a combo. Final score was 7 million and something, I don't know how close I was to the second extend at 8.

At least I have a solid route through the first two stages, so I can definitely focus my practice on the third.
 
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