This morning I just said “fuck it” and hit the snooze button. This is not a practice I normally do, since I usually end up feeling far more tired after doing so… but today is Friday… and last night was another one of our Oklahoma “watch the skies” nights. I feel like as a whole today may just be a “fuck it” day in general. I feel like I don’t have much of anything to really talk about, but by god I am going to do it anyway.
Last night I started the evening attempting to play some Star Wars the Old Republic. However ultimately the constant distraction of the tornado cells coming through our area lead to nothing but me getting killed over and over by afking in the wrong place. Basically I needed to play something with a pause button last night, and that ruled out all of my MMOs. Last week a discussion with Syl about Jesters ended up bringing up one of my favorite video game villains of all time… Kefka. She mentioned that her favorite rendition was in the game Dissidia… and I thought to myself… man I wonder why I never played that?
Sometimes you see a game so often, that you develop this picture in your head of what the game will be like to play. For the case of Dissidia, I had built up this image in my head of a this massive fan service JRPG that comes up with a loose excuse to involve all your favorite characters from vastly different final fantasy games. So while the fan service part was definitely correct, the rest of the game resembles almost nothing of a traditional Japanese RPG game.
The game as a whole is about Chaos over throwing Order… and that is precisely what playing it felt like to me. It works absolutely nothing like I expected. Essentially you pick one of the cast of characters, the engage in a series of game boards… that you have to move across by clearing obstacles in your way. When you encounter an obstacle… you have to fight them in this truly bizarre behind the back view fighting game. All of the fights so far have been repetitive and essentially a time waster, but I have this feeling that when I actually encounter a boss fight it will be like the floor dropping out from under me.
Essentially it feels like an extremely flimsy excuse to pack a game with a bunch of cinematic of characters you know and love interacting together. Each time you clear one of these game board, you are treated to a 3D cut scene of your character doing whatever they do best… usually brooding. Along the way you pick up gear that slightly improves your ability to knock down these straw men villains that get put in your path. I am sure on the boss fights you will have to have the best of all possible gear to make it through them.
There is some kind of weird mini-game involving a chocobo and carrots that I have not quite figured out what is going on with it. I am sure it is important, but I have yet to notice anything happening other than every so often a pixelated chocobo shows up on screen and eats a carrot. Additionally there is an absolutely insane unlock system that allows you to play as other characters, unlock other costumes and even character voices. The most confusing of these is what looks almost like a cash shop… but I don’t see any RMT hooks in the game at all.
Basically after playing Dissidia for 2 hours… I am still not really sure if I like the game or not. There is so much of it that is the epitome of repetitive gameplay, however I found myself continuing to play it in spite of this. I made it through the tutorial… that didn’t really teach me anything… and a few game boards into the Cloud storyline before I decided to give up. This is definitely going to be a game I return to, because it is like this super confusing puzzle that is going to annoy me until I solve it. There is so much going on in this game, and it has such a devoted following that I feel like I have to figure out why.
Best Fantasy Ever
Another title I had dug up for the PSP was the Super Nintendo turned Gameboy Advance turned Playstation turned PSP remake of my favorite of all JRPGs… Final Fantasy VI… or as I played it originally Final Fantasy III. I was really late getting turned onto this game, it was not until Christmas break that I ended up giving this game a spin. I rented it from the local video store… and then when it came time to turn it in… tried valiantly to purchase the cart from them so I could maintain my game saves. I gathered up all the cash I had gotten over Christmas, and picked up the game at Toys R Us… then spent what felt like the next 4 months playing it.
There was just so much going on in this game. It had a great cast of characters, awesome steampunk meets magic theme… and for the time the graphics were truly amazing. This to me is the pinnacle of the Final Fantasy experience, and everything since has been a downhill ride for me. Much like me being able to replay Symphony of the Night over and over… this is on the same list… but I have never really done so. I’ve never been that big into the various mobile gaming systems post green and black gameboy. So I have essentially be relegated to playing this title on emulators for the last decade.
Now that I have it on the PSP, I am really looking forward to a proper play through again. I started it back up last night, but only really made it towards the end of Narshe before sleep claimed me. Previously I had been taking my laptop into work, and going upstairs and gaming over my lunch hour. Right now my plan is to just bring my psp in with me, and play it while everyone else is on their laptops. I just wish I had a proper way to take screenshots from my psp… because I would love to be able to chronicle my journey through the game. I might have to research that… since I have custom firmware… wondering if something like that exists.
A friend of mine finally got around to using the free game and expansion codes I gave him over in Rift. I told him that he needed to do so soon, because anyone with Storm Legion would get grandfathered into a bunch of stuff when the F2P conversion hits. He said he might be around tonight, so I will be breaking out of of my lowbie characters and hanging out with him. Looking forward to listening to him discover that game as we play together over mumble. Already there have been a bunch of excited IMs traded back and forth… and he has only played the game for about 20 minutes.
This weekend we have a double whammy of my mothers birthday on Saturday, and my wife’s mothers birthday on Sunday. I am sure that will ultimately dictate what our weekend is like. Additionally tonight is supposed to be another bad tornado night… and potentially worse than last. So we will be watching the skies and hoping for the best. I hope you all have much better days than what mine sounds like it is going to be.