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17 December 2008 @ 03:43 am
Beat Star Ocean:First Departure  
Seems like forever since I actually beat a game. I can't say I conquered this one, but I think I did pretty well, all things considered. I think they did a great job porting this one over. It's got weird kind of hybrid PSX-PSP graphics, but it works. When they reworked it, they remade it to look more like Star Ocean2, and it's adorable. Cute little 2-D sprites on 3-D-ish looking backgrounds. While I'd never even played this on emulator before, it's exactly what I was hoping for in a Star Ocean game. I mean, being the first, it sets the theme for the rest of the games or whatever, but I had a sort of happy nostalgia playing it. I really enjoyed it, clunky menus and stupidly irritating battle quirks and all. (The screen stops completely and focuses where OMGSPECIALMOVE is happening, so if it's a long spell cast, just fall asleep!) Surely this was how it was for Star Ocean 2, but I guess I tuned it out :P

Despite not being very far in Tales of Vesperia at all.. and well... I still haven't conquered Tales of Symphonia yet... I don't think I'm going to start Tales of Symphonia II quite yet. I could totally go back and beat it now, but I'm thinking I'm just going to drop all those other new console games I haven't started yet and skip to P4 for now. In fact, I'm exhausted and ready for bed and I really shouldn't start it, but I'm very tempted to pop it in now and mess around.

I need to figure out if my Mom is really coming up to visit. My mother-in-law is coming up for certain, and if we're going to have 4 people in the house, I'm going to pick up our free turkey. With just 3 people, though, even the small ones are way too big.

I also have like a million icon slots, and not nearly enough icons. I need moar
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Fulbright Kuzunoha XXVsecret_plot on December 17th, 2008 12:31 pm (UTC)
i want to play first departure, but i have this worry that the world map is totally barren. in the snes version, there's no overworld, just a bunch of interconnected forest paths, like star ocean 3.
HIDE your facekyonomiko on December 17th, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC)
It's not too bad. There *IS* a world map, but it's just like Star Ocean 2. I thought it seemed like there wern't a lot of places to go at first, but you do a lot of backtracking... and I remembered that since it was originally for SNES, it wouldn't eat up more than 30 hrs of my time. I still felt very satisfied after finally deciding to beat it, though. It was so nice to play an RPG shorter than 60 hrs that didn't feel rushed or incomplete. The only thing that felt kind of akward to me was this Marvelle character or whatever. I don't know WTF she was about, but it seemed like she showed up out of nowhere, had no characterization, and I was supposed to care about her? I'm certain I missed some private actions somewhere that explained WTF was up with her.

Also, in regards to the world map- If you decide to get the cat girl Pericci, you can get a "mount" for the world map that lets you bypass enemy encounters and some zones while on the world map. It's pretty nice, considering all the running around you have to do.