||[Sep. 18th, 2005|08:37 pm]
Whee, look, it's a post!
Work has been hectic recently and genedefect's parents have been in town, so we've been spending time with them. Very fun.
I finished Phantom Kingdom/Makai Kingdom, which was very short storyline-wise. I completed the game in 30 hours, and with some amount of effort to spare. Disgaea was much harder, and had a much more solid storyline, but Phantom Kingdom was cute on its own merits. The ending was rushed - I felt like there should have been another chapter or two to fight through the ending instead of seeing it play out before the player's eyes with no interaction. Anyways, I had been feeling a bit of nostalgia for the games that you could complete in 30 hours... way back when, when that was the standard, there weren't enough RPGs. Now there are tons, and they're all really long, so I often feel like it's too much of a good thing.
I've decided to formally give up on Black/Matrix Cross and Tristia of the Blue Sea. While I was interested in the storyline of B/M, the game system was badly designed and ended up being frustrating instead of fun. They balanced it a lot better in Black/Matrix 0 and (I surmise) Black/Matrix II. As for Tristia, the story was okay, but the characters didn't grip me. I found myself enjoying the invention aspect, but being frustrated by the interruptions by the storyline, which felt drawn out a bit too much and was too silly for my tastes. I'm sure it's a perfectly good game, but not for me.
I've decided the next game I'm going to complete is Tales of Destiny. Unfortunately, it seems to be experiencing the same crashing problem as the other PS games I've tried on my PS2. Argh. Anyways, I'm almost to the end of the first half. I know I got that far once before, but I literally don't remember most of the things that are happening. Not even in a "oh, now I remember" sort of way.
After that... finish .hack//Mutation, maybe? Do Shadow Hearts? We'll see.