Favorite Thing: I'm a sucker for a post-apocalyptic zombie adventure. Plus riding around on the bike was pretty fun. Least Favorite Thing: Looting bodies. I know I'm at my limit for rags but I need more grenades!
Date Completed: 2019-05-12 Playtime: ~ 40h Enjoyment: 9/10 Recommendation: I almost cancelled my preorder based on the reviews. I am very glad I did not.
This one is one of my few passions, games I just can't put down for an exceptionally long time. I always come back to it at some point, get burnt out and leave it for awhile, then come back. The regular game-flow is superb, satisfactory and meaty. The shooting mechanics are so well designed that they fade into the background and it becomes almost zen-like. Comp mode is a joke, but it at least mostly forces decent team comps. When everything works as intended, it's utterly beautiful. Too bad the game is full of ass-holes.
This game has aged amazingly well, music, character design, boss fights, animation, almost everything is incredibly good, my only concern is the controls, they're good but not perfect, and sometimes there are some slopes or jumps that feel kinda stiff. Aside from that, the challenge and the passing is great. I said that if you haven't played this, give it a shot.
Favorite Thing: A platformer with a heavy narrative. Least Favorite Thing: There was nothing egregious so I'm going to say the crawling animation. It was bad. Date Completed: 2019-04-27 Playtime: ~ 6h Enjoyment: 8/10
I decided to play through the Final Fantasy series from the beginning a couple of years ago, despite friends who said I should skip a lot of the early releases. I ignored them and now I wish I hadn't. I completed and enjoyed Final Fantasy 1. It was fun seeing how the series started and although the game is as barebones as an RPG can be, it has an odd charm to it. That being said, the game is a total slog to play. I understand that this Gameboy Advance re-release balances the difficulty a little bit, so god knows how tedious the original release must have been. I started Final Fantasy 2 and was initially impressed - there's an actual story here, with actual characters and some character development. However, the gameplay is still slow, and despite the aforementioned improvements, it's a shallow story compared to most RPG's, and certainly wasn't enough to keep me playing. Then there's the experience system. Oh god, the experience system. I won't delve into it too much, but you use weapons/armour/magic in order to increase your proficiency with that skill or piece of equipment. If that sound dumb, it's because it is. It's broken, boring, and disincentivizes giving characters specific builds, as there's no real reason not to have everyone play as an all powerful Rambo Jesus who can use weapons, revive and cure everyone and use the strongest magic. And after 15 hours I said 'fuck this' and gave up. Maybe I'm a stupid zoomer pleb. If you want to try out the first two Final Fantasy releases, I'm not going to stop you. But buckle up for a lot of grind and minimal pay off.