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March 2nd, 2016, 22:47
Black Rune spotted the Chinese RPG The Gate of Firmament on Steam:

The Gate of Firmament

Synopsis:
In ancient times long ago, in order to find his beloved missing daughter, the divine Jade Emperor opened the gates of heaven, allowing a direct connection between heaven and earth. This was done, so that worthy mortals could appeal to the Jade Emperor and obtain divine powers, to aid in the search of his missing daughter. However, this gift was exploited and taken advantage of, causing chaos in the mortal realm. The Nine Li Tribe became a cult that worshipped demons and practiced in the occult, divorcing themselves from the businesses of the mortal realm.
Forces of evil suddenly arose, inciting wars across the continent, condemning people into a life of fears and sufferings.
Emperor Zhuanxu feared the demon Chiyou would once again ravage the mortal realm. Limited by his own capabilities, he sought the help of the Queen of Huaxu, who once assisted Xuanyuan the Yellow Emperor in warding off the Otherworld with the Bell of Donghuang. Both Fuxi and Nuwa—the children of the Queen of Huaxu—also supported Emperor Zhuanxu in convincing the Queen, for they too could not bear to watch people suffer any longer. In the end, the gates to heaven were finally sealed with the powers of the Divine Artifacts combined.
Since then, no mortals were able to ascend, nor were gods able to descend at will. This incident was later recorded down in history as “Juedi Tiantong.”

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This latest entry broke new grounds in comparison with previous titles in the series, including: the new lighting system that better establishes moods, creating various atmospheric scenes; as well as facial animation and lip-sync systems, MVN motion capture system to elevate the quality standard of all characters in every aspect. These new technologies not only improve visuals but also game immersion, enabling the players to fully comprehend the behaviors and feelings of the protagonists.
The battle system has been replaced with a real-time, encounter-based gameplay mechanism, making the battles more intense than ever. Improved returning features exclusive to the Xuan-Yuan Sword series include: the Urn of Spirit Infusion that enables demon-synthesis and equipment refinement; the Guardian System that allows your captured demons to fight on your side; and the Miracle System that grants additional attack buffs. A new “Battle Formation” system is also introduced in this latest entry, allowing for a richer and better gaming experience for the players.



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March 2nd, 2016, 22:47
Looks amazing! Great character models, monsters and excellent art direction. Subtitles are really nice. Music is awesome.

Unfortunately, when I saw those super-quick blade strikes in succession and the brightly colored blade-sweep paths - characteristic to these exaggerated combat effects games - , I had to decide against buying the game: I'm too old for these super-quick combats and blinding light strobe-effects.
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March 2nd, 2016, 23:29
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Looks amazing! Great character models, monsters and excellent art direction. Subtitles are really nice. Music is awesome.

Unfortunately, when I saw those super-quick blade strikes in succession and the brightly colored blade-sweep paths - characteristic to these exaggerated combat effects games - , I had to decide against buying the game: I'm too old for these super-quick combats and blinding light strobe-effects.
I think the combat is turn-based, so maybe not a problem?
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Its not turn based but it is a bit spammy no brainer combat most of the time. That said some bosses force you to think about the combat.

As for super quick it isnt a key press does a combo lasts about 2-3 seconds per press.
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Just have to say I love playing this game. It reminds me of some of the best PS2 RPGs from my teenage years. I also watch Japanese/Chinese Tv shows so that helps also.
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Just have to say I love playing this game. It reminds me of some of the best PS2 RPGs from my teenage years. I also watch Japanese/Chinese Tv shows so that helps also.
I find the Chinese narrative beautiful in this game, pronunciation / speaking style is another big plus for The Gate of Firmament.
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March 3rd, 2016, 18:59
There are a lot of negative comments about the subtitles. Are they just whiners, or is it really that bad?
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It can be a bit hard to understand at times, but i don't think it's a biggie really. English is not my native language, and i didn't really have any problems so far actually understanding what were they really trying to say. But it depends how demanding you are, i guess.

Do note though, all speech is done in chinese, not english, so you do have to actually read all that.

And lovely game so far. Like the characters, like the story, like the music…..it's not witcher 3 in many aspects, and also, you can't really (so far) choose various dialog options like most western rpgs.

But even then, this game is lots of fun, for me at least. But yeah i do really like that culture anyway, so i'm a bit biased here.
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It can be a bit hard to understand at times, but i don't think it's a biggie really. English is not my native language, and i didn't really have any problems so far actually understanding what were they really trying to say. But it depends how demanding you are, i guess.

Do note though, all speech is done in chinese, not english, so you do have to actually read all that.

And lovely game so far. Like the characters, like the story, like the music…..it's not witcher 3 in many aspects, and also, you can't really (so far) choose various dialog options like most western rpgs.

But even then, this game is lots of fun, for me at least. But yeah i do really like that culture anyway, so i'm a bit biased here.
Thanks. I enjoyed Elminage:Gothic a lot, despite its funky translation. That the translation doesn't hinder enjoying the game is what's important.
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March 4th, 2016, 11:47
Anyone else has problems with the game stuttering? the FPS never goes below 60 for me, but the game still feels very sluggish and choppy, don't know if it is a bug on my system or the engine that is just horrible ?
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