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My Megadrive Mini 2 arrived so I've played some Eternal Blue! It's been so ridiculously long since I played, and I think it was around 2003-4 when I played it in Japanese (up to just after Borgan). I knew there were a lot of little cutscenes that weren't in the remake but I don't remember much of the details. My husband was watching and trying to piece out the Japanese -- he knows a bit more than I do but I remember a fair bit of the dialogue so between the two of us we're mostly getting it. Except that I haven't gotten back to it since arriving at Larpa because I started playing Silver Star Story Touch again.

Spouse wanted something light and played Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion. It was cute but rather more mean-spirited than I was expecting. He's now playing Tunic, which is doing an amazing job of feeling like we're playing a Zelda game for the first time in a foreign language that we're slowly working out. That's fully deliberate on the developer's part; you find pages of the game manual as you go and most of the text is in unreadable symbols with a few English words interspersed. I think more of it is turning into English as we go but I'm not positive. It really does remind me of importing games where I knew the basic idea but not that game's specific gameplay and had to try to figure out what the manual was saying from the pictures and my experience, which is pretty much how I first experienced several Zelda games before they started being released in NA and JP simultaneously.

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Still playing Atelier Sophie 2. Afterwards I'm going to make a pit stop at LUNAR 1 and 2 on PSX again.

Then on to Legend of Heroes: Trails of Zer & then onto Star Ocean 6! (^.^)
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I'm still waiting on my Mega Drive Mini 2. Until then, I've been playing Live A Live. I'm almost at the final boss. I appreciate the anthology of individual stories, their quirky experimentation with gameplay, and the way everything comes together toward the end. The only thing I dislike is that the last few hours certainly turn into a grind. I could stand navigating the final areas without a near-constant encounter rate.

I've also been playing Victoria III, a 19th century grand strategy game. After a couple of partial playthroughs I've stuck with Japan and learned the economic and political systems in the game. I do like that the game makes it viable (if challenging) to play as an anti-colonialist and anti-imperialist. But it feels like one of the more numerically-heavy strategy games. The moments of compelling emergent narrative are pretty thin and mainly in broad strokes, like inverting the Commodore Perry narrative and winning recognition from the international community after a successful naval war with the US. This will probably be a once-in-a-while game for me, like Stellaris or Civilization.
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Well, besides playing the Mega Drive Mini 2, I played and beat Pentiment. It is a dialogue/narrative-based game from Obsidian, telling the story of a small 16th century village and abbey in Bavaria, and the man (an aspiring artist, Andreas) who has visited to learn from the monks in the scriptorium. He soon finds himself in the middle of a murder mystery.

The game is gorgeous in design. At moments it reminds me of Curse of Monkey Island (the cartoon-like animation that in many cases still holds up today); at other moments it does its own thing, playing around with illuminated manuscript styles to tell its story. Some of my favorite sequences involve these manuscripts themselves; early in the game, Andreas and a nun (Illuminata) have a conversation about Aeneas and Dido overlaid on a gorgeous illustration of the moment Aeneas sails away from Dido. The allusions to classical and medieval literature are rich without being condescending.

The centerpiece is the village, abbey, and the characters within though. They all have a story to tell, both about themselves and each other. I also find where the game goes satisfying, though going further into that would involve lots of spoilers.

The one word of caution I have is that this is not a game where one has fun trying to win or get the best ending, especially the first time. The game only autosaves and doesn't facilitate save scumming. Persuasion checks can fail quite easily and to interesting effect. The game doesn't give enough time to do all the activities it offers in one playthrough. So what you choose to do, who you talk to, and sometimes even how you fail is important too, and you have to be able to roll with it.
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As part of my personal project to fill in the gaps in my experience with classic RPGs I've missed, I've been playing Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar. It's an amazingly ambitious game for its time, with a story that feels unique even today. Your ultimate goal is to retrieve a magical macguffin, but along the way you need to become an Avatar of Virtue, which is to say your goal is in a sense to be a good person (with a fair bit of treasure hunting for various magical runes and shrines and the like added in). The game keeps track of your actions and in order to progress you need to uphold eight virtues (Honesty, Compassion, Valor, Justice, Sacrifice, Honor, Spirituality, and Humility) by, e.g., giving money to beggars and donating blood to healers while refraining from lying and stealing.

As you might expect from a game released in 1985, it's decidedly old school. You'll need to keep track of a slew of keyboard commands that aren't always intuitive (press "K" to "klimb" stairs, if you try to "climb" instead you'll press "C" to cast a spell) and be prepared to take careful notes. Much of the game requires you to piece together clues about your objectives from NPCs. Person A in Town X might tell you that Person B in Town Y knows about Key Item 1, that sort of thing.

Combat could best be described as a sort of proto-SRPG. The battle screen is made up of a grid with your characters on one side and enemies on the other, and sometimes obstacles to be navigated around. Each gets a turn to either move a square, attack, or cast a spell. At least so far I've had success just giving everyone ranged weapons and letting them pick off enemies from across the screen but I haven't really explored any of the game's dungeons yet, so maybe it gets trickier.

It's an interesting and historically significant game, though one that certainly requires a fair bit of patience to play. I'll also note that it's available for free on GOG if you're interested in giving it a try.

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Stardew Valley, at long last!
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I finished Final Fantasy X. I was not expecting death metal to play when I fought Braska's Final Aeon, but I guess they wanted something other than apocalyptic chiptunes like in FF6/7. The CTB combat, music, and world design were really nice. Not many RPGs can claim to be inspired by India meets Thailand meets Polynesia. I mostly liked the characters, Tidus was annoying, but he sorta grew on me by the end. Yuna was the focus of the story, so I wonder why he's the de facto protagonist. I took issue with the Bevelle Cloister of Trials, the HAHAHA scene, linear dungeons, Tidus's existence making little sense: it's not a flawless game, but taken as a whole it's emotional and beautiful. I'm not playing FFX-2, the plot looks terrible, and that opening scene is cringe.

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The protagonist isn't always the main playable/viewpoint character. FFXII was similar, where Vaan was the viewpoint character but Ashe is definitely the protagonist. A similar argument could be made for Lucia and Hiro.

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Alunissage wrote: Sun Dec 11, 2022 9:47 pm The protagonist isn't always the main playable/viewpoint character. FFXII was similar, where Vaan was the viewpoint character but Ashe is definitely the protagonist. A similar argument could be made for Lucia and Hiro.
I'm aware it happens, but I don't think it's a good narrative decision, that's all.

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Apologies, I sounded far more stiff and stern than I intended.

I think it works in cases like FFX where the viewpoint character is also the stranger to the world because it allows the player to get to know the world and setting along with the viewpoint character, who is as ignorant as the player. Tidus not knowing the ultimate end of Yuna's quest is an important reveal for the player as well as Tidus, while Yuna has much less to learn about how the world works. I think that kind of thing works better if the viewpoint character doesn't know what's going on.

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I still haven't made time for FFX. I feel like it's not my type of FF.
I've finished 1-8 over the last 3 years. All for the first time. FFIX is next.

Playing Wildermyth right now. I hated the art style. I hated the first 3 or 4 battles. Then the characters started to shine and the battles had purpose. These characters have permadeath scenarios, and after spending more time with them, they will have children and those children will fight beside them, to then have a decision to be made that makes you want to throw up, wishing someone else had to take this burden.
The battles do become better once they gain abilities, so that was a relief.

10/10 so far.

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I'm playing Atelier Ayesha right now on PS3 I think I'm almost done with it. I put it on the second burner for now because I started LUNAR 2: Eternal Blue Complete tonight. It's just going to be a normal playthrough nothing crazy it's just refreshing playing an RPG I'm already quasi-familiar with and it's fun to think the same things I always do when playing a game I've beaten before! I've always loved Working Designs and LUNAR ('specially) I doubt that's gonna ever change.

I'm in workings of working out a deal with a seller here for a PS4 Pro I wanted to just bite the bullet on that buy and I just wanna get it out of the way.

I also wanna try to get a play in on LUNAR: The Silver Star on my laptop at the same time I just don't know why! I figured it'll be easy.

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