Category Archives: Video Games

Trails in the Sky First and Second Chapters

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I finished Trails in the Sky Second Chapter last night and was going to write a post about it. But r042 already didย and said what I wanted to much more elegantly than I would have. He even used the same screenshot I was planning on! Great minds think alike.

So go read r042’s post. But to summarize, one of the best RPGs I’ve ever played with some of the best writing. Amazing escalation of the story. A few further thoughts: Continue reading Trails in the Sky First and Second Chapters

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness

My latest excuse for not writing any posts is that I haven’t been home all month. I was in Japan, so I’ll write something about that eventually… maybe after I finish writing about my trip from two years ago…

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But my other excuse is that I’ve been playing Star Ocean 5. As should come as no surprise to anyone who has played the other games in the series, it wasn’t very good. So why have I played every single one…? Honestly, I can’t really say.ย I do think I enjoyed 1 and 2, but since then it’s been pathetic. 3ย I couldn’t finish because it kept crashing on my PS3, and 4 I just forgot about. Continue reading Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness

Xenoblade Chronicles X — When Will it End

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Xenogears is one of my favorite games ever. Crazy religious conspiracy theories, mecha, reincarnation… what more could anyone want? So I was pretty excited about Xenoblade Chronicles X. I probably shouldn’t have been, seeing as how I had played Xenoblade Chronicles before.

Both games have barely anything in common with Xenogears. The gameplay is essentially an offline MMO— you have a limited number of abilities, they all have cooldown times, you trigger them at the right moment.

I spent 100 hours on this game.

It was not time well spent. You have to spend a ton of time grinding. And the combat system isn’t much fun. To make things worse, most of the quests are in the form of “Gather X Items / Kill N Monsters”. Continue reading Xenoblade Chronicles X — When Will it End