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01-28-2013, 02:46 AM
Joined: Sep 2008
Location: Sweden
Posts: 1,535
Any tips on how to tackle hard mode?
Because I am getting slaughtered!
Do I have to grind up to max level first or do I have to buy IAP? Whats the secret here?
01-28-2013, 04:13 PM
Joined: Jan 2013
Location: Florida, United States
Posts: 47
I ended up getting nearly to max level (likely thanks in part to playing Beelzebub's Track1) before going into Hard Mode. I posted what I used a page or two back, but in short I ended up using one of two IAP characters for their defense stats: Astaroth (who you can buy by now) and Dantalion (around mid-way through Hard Mode). IIRC, Eligos has the next best defense rating, but his Track1 has been a bit tricky for me.

If the tips are right (I'm too preoccupied during the stage to check), you lose HP for anything /but/ Critical hits in Hard Mode. My best suggestion may be to hit the triggers at all, to minimize damage. The worst for that has got to be the little energy balls that you have to tap out of the air (first seen in Asmodeus's Track2); still haven't worked out a pattern on them.

Too bad that DS doesn't have a recap of the moments before you died, unlike iNiS's previous Elite Beat Agents. In that title, though, it came down to me becoming proficient in whatever segments I got up to, progressively becoming reflexive until I manage to clear the song. Unfortunately, that means not becoming too good at the very end of any song. Makes me long for Guitar Hero's practice modes or somesuch.

01-28-2013, 05:23 PM
Joined: Sep 2008
Location: Sweden
Posts: 1,535
Ok thanks for the tips. So basically my best bet is to grind some more until I hit max HP and then use Astaroth on hard mode and until know her track inside out?
01-28-2013, 11:54 PM
Joined: Jan 2013
Location: Florida, United States
Posts: 47
Well, I wasn't at max level, but if you're having trouble with whichever character's Track1 (Lilith's Hard one will take some dedication from me), you can play a stage's Track1 as your preferred character (I find Setenity's easy enough), then exit out before/die on Track2 to then return to the character selection screen to use someone with better defense.

As with defense, EXP gain is better with certain characters, and I was fortunate to enjoy Beelzebub's Track1, since she's just about under Lilith as the best EXP character.

Perhaps the best thing you can do is grind on whichever demon's Tracks you're getting stuck on. That way, you can get familiar with their music and the particular beats for their performances (such as the downward strokes late in Berith and Astaroth's Track2s).
01-30-2013, 01:43 PM
Joined: Jan 2013
Posts: 3
Quote:
Originally Posted by TJF588 View Post
The sale's been changed to the app only. The prices on the IAP are now their permanent prices (barring another sale). So no need to rush. If you want confirmation, check the Square Enix Members site.
I've been trying to find information on this but I can't find it. Is it posted somewhere in their forums?
01-31-2013, 07:01 AM
Joined: Jan 2013
Location: Florida, United States
Posts: 47
Quote:
Originally Posted by firehawk12 View Post
I've been trying to find information on this but I can't find it. Is it posted somewhere in their forums?
"Plus, all the DEMONS' SCORE pacts prices stay low after the sale period, talk about a warm reception!"
http://na.square-enix.com/go/article/view/blog/261323/square_enix_winter_of_mobile_sale

Oddly enough, the app's price hasn't kicked back up. If it stays at 99, that combined with the restorable IAPs would put the full game at price parity with the recent Android release (actually, some cents cheaper).
01-31-2013, 08:12 AM
Joined: Jan 2013
Posts: 3
Quote:
Originally Posted by TJF588 View Post
"Plus, all the DEMONS' SCORE pacts prices stay low after the sale period, talk about a warm reception!"
http://na.square-enix.com/go/article...of_mobile_sale

Oddly enough, the app's price hasn't kicked back up. If it stays at 99, that combined with the restorable IAPs would put the full game at price parity with the recent Android release (actually, some cents cheaper).
Ah, I see that now. Yeah, maybe that's why they've kept the prices low at least!
02-01-2013, 11:00 AM
Joined: Jan 2013
Location: Florida, United States
Posts: 47
Aw, no such luck on 99, but it is a couple bucks cheaper than it was!
02-01-2013, 11:23 AM
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Posts: 729
The iaps are permanently discounted?

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02-02-2013, 03:40 AM
Joined: Jan 2013
Location: Florida, United States
Posts: 47
Yep; you can see for yourself, on the Top In-App Purchases section of the App Store page. All together, game+non-disposable IAP comes to $22.90 (right?).