30 Days of Gaming: Day 22

Day 22: A game sequel which disappointed you.

This gaaame. Valkyria Chronicles II did improve on the original in a few ways, with new character classes and streamlined controls, but it shed a few pounds of plot and characterization to fit it in. I disliked all the main characters, and while the side characters did get development, it wasn’t enough to save the story, which ranged from okay to godawful at times. I didn’t mention VC1 in my “best story” post yesterday, mainly because I think I’ve been talking about it too much, but it ranks up there with the two games I did list. VC2 took that and pretty much laughed at it in Avan’s stupid HA HAHAHAHA sound clip. VC3 looks like a big improvement, however.

Another one would be Ar tonelico III. It took a system jump just like VC2, but instead of going console -> handheld, it went the impressive last gen -> current gen jump. Which should’ve made it better, right? Nah. Even if I was a graphics whore I wouldn’t say so. The character models are extremely plasticy, not like you see them a lot in scenes since they usually fuzz out the background for the typical talking heads sequences RPGs do. The amazing battle system from AT2 is scrapped and replaced with a Tales-like action system…that falls utterly flat as all you do is mash button and do 10 damage. There’s only one type of magic, attack magic, and each girl only has one spell. You’ll be seeing it a lot since that’s the only way you can do any damage. I could keep going on but I did review it a while back, so just read that.

30 Days of Gaming: Day 21

Day 21: Game with the best story.

Well I’ve always liked stories with twists and stuff. So Valkyrie Profile ranks high because if you play through normally, you don’t get the whole story. And the whole story, when you get it, is pretty touching and awesome.

The same applies to Persona 3, though it’s a hell of a lot longer, and with an extra chapter to tie things up in the rerelease. Though the story was fine before they added that in.

30 Days of Gaming: Day 19

Day 19: Picture of a game setting you wish you lived in.

I’d really like to live in Gallia, actually. It looks like a nice place, technology is pretty cool…the only downside is that it seems to get in a lot of wars.

My other choice is anywhere in the main story Suikoden world. Except Le Buque, fuck that place, it’s too high up and on cliffs and blargh.

30 Days of Gaming: Day 18

Day 18: Favorite protagonist.
I’m one of those people who usually ends up liking the side characters more than the protagonists, so I really don’t have ONE favorite. Two get pictures, some others get words.

Croix from Ar tonelico II is a rare example of a JRPG protagonist who isn’t hot blooded or stupid (I’m looking at you, Lyner, Lloyd, and Avan). He’s also pretty much a doormat to all of the main girls, which is hilarious. But he’s also level-headed enough to help them through their problems, and considering they’re all Reyvateils, they have enough issues to fill a two-year subscription.

Looked at a poster which reminded me how badass Amaterasu from Okami is. Seriously, a god in the form of a wolf. Awesooooome.

Others I can think of off the top of my head…Samus (Metroid) is pretty cool, I always liked the evil-skewing Disgaea protagonists, and I’m torn between the Prince (Suikoden V) and Chris (Suikoden III) for best protag of that series.

30 Days of Gaming: Day 17

Day 17: Favorite antagonist.

DIE PIGS! Luca Blight from Suikoden II is a villain done right. Someone that you’re afraid of, with lots of strength but also a pretty good brain. I can’t remember if he falls into the RPG trope of “not killing you when he can and leaving”, don’t think so. The final battle against him is one of the most epic scenes in gaming, having to go through 3 normal battles to wear him down, cutscene arrows (which usually kill!) and then a duel before he finally falls. The rest of the game and its antagonists kinda trundle along after his death.

30 Days of Gaming: Day 16

Day 16: Game with the best cut scenes.

Just look at how goddamn pretty Valkyria Chronicles is. This is why people are pissy that the two sequels are on PSP instead of PS3. Though I can see why the creators have said that they’d really have to do a lot better, cause beating this is hard.
Let’s put in a runner up just because we can. I’ve always liked Final Fantasy IX’s cutscenes as well. Then again it is the best PS1 Final Fantasy game.