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next Mailbag host. That should be fun!
Anyway, let's get to it, I've got Demon
Gaze and Shovel Knight to get back to...
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Final Fantasy X 2nd Chance
I first played Final Fantasy X not long after it
came out. I was new to console RPGs in general and
JRPGs in particular, though I had successfully completed Final
Fantasy IX several years before. I never
finished the game because I got to the part with the
super-difficult boss fights (Mt. Gagazet and beyond) and
decided I didn't care enough about any of the characters to
bother grinding up for figuring out how to do the
fights. Since then, I've listed FF X as one of
my least favourite Final Fantasies, so I figured it
was a good candidate for my Second Chance playthrough.
Exactly the sort
of second chance I was hoping people would do.
Sometimes a second look can give you a whole new
perspective on a game you hated! Let's see how
things turned out. Hopefully you liked it!
I ended up liking FFX a fair bit more this time
around, for several reasons. First, the improved
graphics really brought Spira to life and made it easier to
locate important things in the environment. It's more
than just prettiness, it's also about usability.
Second, I took the time to appreciate some of the characters
a bit more. I'm still not a big fan of Tidus and think
Yuna deserves better, but I decided I liked Yuna, Lulu,
Kimarhi, and even Wakka better this time (I always liked
Auron). Third, I'm now much more of a JRPG veteran and
speak the language. I was much more proficient at the boss
battles this time. Fourth, I completely ignored the
stupid mini-games that were required for the ultimate
weapons. Forget that lightning-dodging, chocobo racing BS.
Auron! Glad to hear you liked it. Though Final
Fantasy X looked brilliant for the time I
know exactly what you mean about the
environments being easier to work with in the HD
update. Makes seeing what you can interact with
so much clearer! As for the battles, though I
don't think it is on the harder side as far as Final
Fantasy games go, I can see why it would
be tough for someone completely new to the
series. Also glad you ignored those awful
mini-games! Easily the worst part of the game, I
often see people complain about them and wonder
why they waste their time. You don't have to get
those ultimate weapons!
I still think I prefer FF X-2 to FF X,
but I am a big fan of camp and generally find X-2 to
be hilarious good times. I've decided I like the Final
Fantasy X's battle system more, however. I much
prefer a challenging turn-based system to a hectic hybrid
one. I don't think I'll call FFX one of my
least favourites anymore, either. I'll save that for FF
Good to hear you
enjoyed it! It's a fun game with a great battle
system, and enough quality characters that you
should be able to find some you like, even if
Tidus doesn't end up being one of them. Final
Fantasy X and X-2 are a good pair,
and I'm very glad we've got these spiffy HD
updates to play.
Also why you gotta hate on poor Final
Quest for Dragons
Reggie Fils-Aime declared multiple times he loved the Dragon
Quest franchise and would like to see more Dragon
Quest games in the west… So, what is Nintendo waiting
As we’re speaking, an online petition requesting the
localization of Dragon Quest VII for 3DS and Dragon
Quest X for Wii U, called (Campaign name removed),
has already gathered more than 1000 signatures!
Could you relay the information on your website please? It
might help us get Dragon Quest VII 3DS in US and
Thanks for your attention.
I certainly appreciate the idea,
given how much I'd love to play Dragon Quest
VII on 3DS, but petitions are a really bad
idea that's going to take this nowhere (which is
why I've removed the links). You need to be
inventive, do things like getting Dragon
Quest to trend on social media, get
people to buy all kinds of existing Dragon
Quest products like the mobile version of
Dragon Quest VIII that just launched.
Petitions are a dime a dozen, and gamers have
been wasting time with them for more than a
decade (I used to be a forum mod at Inside Mac
Games and they were a particular annoyance
there). In this new age of technology there's
all kinds of way to spread the word and for
gamers to show their love for Dragon Quest.
Since we apparently didn't by enough copies of Joker
2 for Nintendo and Square Enix's liking,
why not get people to go out and pick up the
many new copies of that game still out there?
We can do much better than a petition, come on!
I got to play Shovel
Knight early for being a backer, and man
is it an absolute blast. This is exactly the
kind of retro game that we need more of. It
cleverly takes the best of our favorite 8-bit
action platformers and mixes in plenty of modern
sensibilities. I can not recommend the game
Poor Dragon Quest IV! It was released
here when the NES was long past its prime, with
everyone already playing the SNES. It seems the
least loved of the DS titles given the alure of
V and VI since we never get the
original versions of those. Heck, despite a
loving effort to bring the first Torneko
roguelike to the West, it would be the only one
to make it. Such as shame, it is probably my
favorite Dragon Quest (at least at the
moment). Play Dragon Quest IV people! I
really want to track down a NES cart to play the
original version, but obviously it is quite
pricey thanks to a low print run.
Here are some hot topics I've seen around
- JRPGs don't seem to be having much trouble selling
decently in the West, so where has Dragon Quest
- What PS2 RPGs would you like to see on PSN?
- If Child of Light is a success, will we see
more RPGs with the UbiArt engine?
- Do you smell what the Rock is cooking?
See you next week!
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