Not anymore. The game became very stale and repetitive, and saving stars or whatever the currency was never seemed to matter when it came to scouting. It's a shame since there are a lot of really pretty cards, but man is the game boring. Not once have I gotten an Umi UR, or a UR that I even want for that matter.
If anyone is familiar with tier lists for this game, you're probably familiar with this card.
"Stamina stick. utterly useless otherwise. skill up and absolutely garbage offensive stats."
Tl;dr, it's awful.
I've gotten this card three times. An absolutely useless cards that serves no purpose, that even has SRs better than it, three times. Ok, thanks. I'd rather get three thief Elis than this card. I am dead serious. At least then, you can play Easy/Normal songs and get decent scores since it's a timer card, not note based. Getting bad cards in SIF isn't that big a deal, because most cards can at least be used to some degree. I actually have quite a bit of ass cards on SIF, but if you build your teams correctly they can function. Not this garbage Chika card though.
The loading times for this game are absolutely trash as well. I get that it's an asset-heavy game, but man, loading up the game takes longer than Smash 4 did (not really, but that game was 16 GB so it makes sense). Half of the time, it's more optimal to not use 3D MVs anyway so the game doesn't lag, or so you don't miss notes due to not being able to see, which is one of the selling points of the game, the graphics. And the fact that for a while LP was stuck at a max of 100, regenerating much quicker than SIF, and the only way of being able to use LP in bulk was Skip Tickets, meant that you'd constantly need to get on and play songs to be optimal. But you can't just play whichever songs you want either, because that wouldn't be fun. What rhythm game, sorry, rhythm-RPG game limits you based on how good your cards are? Imagine you just bought Project Diva Future Tone, with all the DLC (about 240 iirc), and could only play up to Hard difficulty because you hadn't played the game for long. Ok.
Believe it or not, I actually don't hate this game. Games can have flaws, and the issues that All Stars has on their own aren't bad, but one by one those small issue come together and create this game. And if you like All Stars, goof for you! You clearly have way more patience than I do, and can stay with the game despite it's flaws (though that's still subjective). I'm not saying that SIF doesn't have flaws either, but the game is much more streamlined and simpler overall imo.
More than anything though, the gacha is what really makes this game so annoying. It's almost not even worth it to save for a card you want, since you need to constantly improve your team to do better in events, and play harder difficulty songs and whatnot. At least with Bandori, when I don't get Kokoro after saving for months, I get an Ako to satisfy me for the time being. Even then, having events that require you to have certain members to do well, and then not getting those members after countless tries, you start to not want to play either game anymore. I realized as I was typing this up that SIF is changing to member-boosted events, and while that still isn't great, it's easier to get cards in SIF than All Stars or Bandori imo.
So yeah. With the anime out now, I feel like there isn't much reason to play All Stars when you can just view the MVs and cards online. Honestly, I'm just waiting until the SIFAC home port at this point for the next Love Live! game.
At long last. Chapter 17 is so close to arriving. Ever since Chapter 9 I've been desiring to read this chapter right here and now it's only a few hours away. I'm so excited to see more of Shioriko! Tomorrow better arrive fast
my story starts at around late 2017. i had recently watched a channel called siivagunner (if y'all know what that is, nice >:]) and one of the many jokes on the channel was snow halation, particularly T O D O K E T E. i didn't know anything about love live at the time, nor did i get any of the siiva lore, i just found it funny because haha grand dad funny rip.
fast forward to around jan 2018, i had met someone who would become one of the most important people in my life. i dated them for about a month but we just decided on staying friends (i'm still friends with them now! koharu if you're reading this ur the real mvp <3) but the reason they're so important is because they were the one who pushed me into love live as a whole. I started watching school idol project (normally in class, when i had my computer) and instantly fell in love. next thing i knew was that i had finished season 1 and 2 and was crying my heart out at these beautiful idols. their personalities had really impacted me, and helped me to become more confident in myself. then, i started watching sunshine! i downloaded sif at the time and i didn't really care that much for aqours. soon that would change, after finishing sunshine. i had fallen in LOVE with them. their spirit to never give up, even when the whole world was against them, they kept going.
the love live franchise as a whole is one of the most important things in my life. it has helped me through so many dark patches in my life, and continues to do so today. i wouldn't trade anything for that.
Now for my best girls. Nozomi is so important to me because its my friend's favourite character in muse, and her caring spirit and kind attitude have helped me in the past. i see parts of me within her, particularly in the snow halation episode. Dia is so important to me because of how relatable she is. cares so much for her sister and the rest of the members. shes like the sister i never had! Mari is so important to me because of her fun loving attitude, and the way she hides her emotions so people don't worry about her resonates with me.
but, the most important girl out of all of them for me, is Rin. My absolute best girl. I've cosplayed as her a number of times! she is so so important to me because her attitude to life is the way that i want to live. I've seriously improved myself and my outlook on life because of Rin. She's helped me in my journey of self discovery, and, especially the love wing bell episode, made me realised that its ok to wear what you like. to be confident in yourself. if she, and love live didn't exist, i would be in a much darker place right now. thank you, love live! thank you muse, aqours, and pdp! i can't wait for the future.
(apologies if my grammar is poor, it isn't my strong suit. <3)
Wow, that's an "angst" way of starting a "Love Live! story" post, but here we are and it's the truth. Okay, so in 2014 I was in second grade and my sister was in sixth. She was really into anime and FNAF, I was into My Little Pony and Warrior Cats.
One day, my sister was watching TV, and made the miraculous decision to watch "Sword Art Online". And that's how I got into anime. Soon I watching all those "super indie animes" i.e Attack on Titan, Fairy Tale, Tokyo Ghoul, etc.
So I was deep in the anime black whole, "Weeb Stage" and all. On August 5, 2014, my sister was scrolling through the Google Play Store and spotted an app called "Love Live! School Idol Festival" She downloaded it, and chose Kotori Minami. She, being overwhelmed by the glory of it all ( hah :'''), then showed the app to me, which I then downloaded because "wAifU's". Best decision ever, imo.
When I got it, I chose Nozomi because her voice was cute and I liked her hair color ( purple was my favorite color back then). I was a total noob, I couldn't even finish Nawatobi on expert. Nico was my absoute least favorite, I hated her so much. though she was conceited and annoying, but so did my sister, so that's probably why I hated her, lol. Nozomi soon became my ultimate best girl, she was cute and motherly and I loved her design! Then, on a 5 gem scout, I got the Maid Nico SR. I was freaking out on another level, like, my vibing liscence was sNATCHEd.
I kept playing occasionally, eventually dropping the game and keeping up with Love Live on the internet in the beginning of 2015. In the end of third grade, Aqours was coming out! If you were a fan of Love Live before Aqours came out, then you'd remember when people were comparing the Aqours girls to the Muse ones. People were comparing Mari to Nozomi, so I was like "Oh, I guess she's my best girl?"
Bam. I live in Hawaii, and on my island, I've met like five people who like/know Love Live in my lifetime? I tried getting my friends into it, but looking back on it, it makes sense that third graders wouldn't want to play an anime game? I don't know, anime was like, taboo on my island back then.
At this point, Mari and Nozomi are my best girls, I hate Nico and love Maki. In fifth grade, I actually started forming my own opinions about Love Live, wOwOW. I kind of just focused on Mari and the Muse girls. I didn't really want to bother with Aqours. But late fifth grade, March 14, 2018, I made a Love Live account!
Back then, you still got 30 love gems when making a new account, and it was Umi's birthday the day before, so I used those love gems as fast as I could, you know, so I could get at least one SR for my team. Then the app closed. For a second I was freaking out, "What if I don't get any of the cards?" I re-opened the app, and went into my card deck expecting an SR or at least a single SSR. But then, I saw it! Shiny and with a background... The wondrous letters, "UR" placed above left of the card! I went completely sicko mode, I had gotten Circus Umi! And that was my first UR ever. Thanks Umi!
Fifth going on sixth grade summer, I had discovered the JP server, which I soon gRINDED for Nozomi, Mari, and Chika's birthday. I had gotten many URs, almost all of Muse, a few of Aqours ( My first Aqours UR was Punk Rock Ruby ) and none of Mari's URs. Then came around Black Friday and the 30 dollar packs were out! I had 70 dollars and I was ready to spend it for 2 SSR+ tickets, both Muse and Aqours! I got a lot of URs, mostly Umi and Ruby ( her blessings of URs that day made her my 2nd best girl, replacing Chika.), but even with the SSR+ tickets, no Mari. That was the first time I spent money on Love Live, and I wouldn't be the last.
I realized how lucky my account was and how nice packs are, which resulted in me spending over $300 on Love Live ( whoops. lmao it still resulted in a lot of URs). I deleted all my SRs in pursuit of getting a UR from a blue ticket scout ( hahaha, gambling addiction who? ) and when I didn't, I gave up on that account with all the URs. In the mild recess from Love Live, the wedding set came out and I was very in love with Kanan's unidolized.
I made a new account with intent of being faithful for Mari and Nozomi's birthdays. I had about 150 lovegems saved the first day I made it ( yes, I am dummy grinder with no life.) Space Dia had came out on EN and I had a green ticket, so I used it so I didn't have to 5 gem scout. Whazam, there showed up Space Dia. I cried for about nine hours and then went back to grinding. I got about 180 gems and I was like, "Hey, it won't be bad if I scout."
I lazily pressed the "Scout 11" button, mumbling "Shiny!" in hopes of getting a Mari UR. I skipped the scout because I knew I wouldn't get anything... I was wrong! I got Space Dia AGAIN ( which meant I got to naturally idolize a UR for the first time) and WeDDinG kANAN!!!! I actually cried, idolized Space Dia, and paired with Wedding Kanan. Her lines were so freaking cute and then I realized, "Wait, Kanan's my best girl."
Honestly, imo, Kanan's more like Nozomi than Mari, and ngl, Kanan and Mari are both like Nozomi? I guess I liked Kanan because her voice was really cute and sounded like Nozomi's, too, lol.
And in late sixth grade, uh, I got severely depressed and all my friends left me and I was having family issues. I joined the Love Live! Amino in hopes of meeting people who also liked Love Live and make some friends! And I did! I met a girl who ended up being my girlfriend ( we broke up, but we're still really close friends), I made some online friends who I still talk to and love, and people were appreciating my art! I honestly felt so happy to know and be friends with people who loved Love Live and Nozomi and Kanan like I did!
(if you're suicidal, please talk to someone and don't rely on love live to save you like i did, your life matters and you are loved!!!)
On June 9, I was going to honestly end my life. I had my phone next to me when it buzzed. I looked at what it was, and it was Nozomi's birthday appreciation notif. I played Susume ---> Tomorrow and I was honestly so upset that they were so happy? They sounded so happy, and I wanted to be that happy, I wanted to have fun and experience life. So I made myself a promise, a promise to be happy like they were one day.
I'm honestly so happy I'm in the Love Live community. The girls and seiyuu's make me so happy, and the people are so nice! I'm so happy I've gotten to see Muse thrive and their final live, Aqours get introduced and then thrive, and eventually getting to love them too! Now Nijigasaki is starting and I'm so ready to love every one of them!
Love Live has taught me to see the good in people and be more positive (I used to hate Maki and Riko, but now Maki's my 5th best girl and Riko's my 7th). It's honestly such a thrill to be playing this game and it's been so amazing playing and watching the franchise grow! Also, after 5 years of being a Love Live fan, I finally watched the anime! That's partially why I like Maki and Riko more.
I'm so happy where I am right now and Love Live is a huge part of my life. It's something I've grown up with and all the characters make me so happy.