Lost Odyssey's Lost Cause

Okay, so there’s this game. It’s called Lost Odyssey. It’s by Hironobu Sakaguchi (the guy that created Final Fanatsy and directed/produced 1-10 of the series), and is pretty much the game everyone thought Final Fantasy 11 should have been, only on the Xbox 360. It’s pretty cool.

Its looking down on me...

Until today. You see, there I was, against the final boss. You know it’s the final boss because it’s kinda got that wing-thing going on and is backed up by some Uematsu-written crazy awesome chant-rock music stuff. And like a lot of big bads in RPGs, it has an Insta-Death spell, in this case called simply “Death.” It’s not that big a deal, I’m loaded with reviving stuff. Excepet when he did it today, after playing for three hours straight and haven’t had the chance to save for the last 30 minutes of it or so… He casts it and the game freezes as the charcter hits the ground.  

Yeah. Me not so happy about that. And I know it’s the game, not the system. It didn’t red ring or anything, just your classic freeze. So, I turned off the game and will beat it another day. Fable 2 comes out tonight (my store is doing a midnight launch) and I’m going to try out Tales of Vesperia soon as well. I want to clear my plaette before tackling the ending one more time. 

It’s a good game and all though. If you have  a360 and like J-RPGs I highly recommend it. Just you know, beware those Insta-Death spells… You  never know where they are actually going to hit.

Torneko Taloon is my new hero


Man, maybe I should cosplay this guy someday...

So I’ve been playing the new remake of Dragon Quest IV for the DS lately, and been having a blast. It does some really neat things, like breaking up the game into five chapters, each with it’s own mini-plot to develop the charcters you’ll meet later on in the main quest. It’s kinda like episodic gaming before there was the idea of epiosodic gaming. And Chapter 3 introduces of of the most awesome charcters in gaming (at leats for me) since Mario: Torneko Taloon.

You see, he has but one dream in the world, and that is to be the most awesome richest arms merchant EVER.  And you know that may seem like a bad idea in today’s world, in the DQ4 world they areabout to be taken over by a Dark Lord of Evil and monsters raom the land terroizing eveyrone. So the idea that people could use a good weapon is a pretty good one. Too bad you gotta work for SwordStop

Our hero in this mini-arc doesn’t start off as a arms merchant, oh no. Instead he has to work his way up from being a sales associate. What this translates into as far as the game goes is for the first few chunks of time you play the game as one of those weapons sellers you always meet to upgrade your stuff through the game, only this time you are on the other side of the counter. You have to wait by the counter for people to come in, browse your wares, then they’ll make a selction. Sometimes they’ll want to pawn off some random other weapon they’ve probably stolen from Wal-Mart or something and this is where I got to gleefully tell them “No, I don’t want your ratty-stupid old weapon.” Every time. Every. Wonderful. Time.

… Retail has not made me bitter, at all. Once you have spent a few in-game nights and days working you’ll make enough money to start buying some weapons and armor yourself and pretty soon you’ll start to hear rumors of treasure and stuff. That’s when you get to set off on your own, and say “Screw you retail I get to go fight dragons and stuff for MY riches!” Only Torneko would do it in some awesome Irish dialect.

Yeah, the man is totally my hero.

Man I need to stop being so anti-social online!

I keep meaning post on LJ, like everyday, then something inside me stops me from doing it. I have no clue why, but that’s okay because I’ve now kicked reason to the curb and am now posting an entry! Hopefully it won’t be the last one for a month! Er anyway…

Hello world!

James and myself at the Podcast Roundtable, pic thanks to Neil

So AWA happened and it was pretty awesome. I’ve covered most of what happened to me via my podcast, but in short I had a blast and it was great seeing people I only get to see once a year or so. Though sadly I also missed out on a few people I wanted to see but missed, but there’s always next year right?

Somehow ending up on the podcast roundtable was definitely the highlisght of the con for me, though Anime hell was great this year too. Last years while fun was not quite as good as previous years, he totally brought it back around for this year. Also seeing the last bits of the Ouran High School Host Challenege was something that had to seen to be believed. While I can safely say it was Not For Me, for eveyrone there it was very much for them and they looked like they had an amazing time*. But yeah, AWA was fun.

Has anyone out there played Time Hollow for DS yet? It’s kinda like Phoneix Wright meets The Butterfly Effect. It’s pretty fun.

And also on the DS front, I’ve been playing Dragon Quest 4 as of late. Man, as much as people knock the DQ series for never changing, DQ4 is pretty revolutionary in some respects. Maybe I’ll expound on that on a later post because this is starting to get a little long…

*Oh wait, I’m not supposed to say nice things about that anymore. Oops!