Category Archives: Video Games

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. I do think I enjoyed 1 and 2, but since then it’s been pathetic. 3 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

I Finally Found a Visual Novel that’s Better than Mushoku Tensei

It’s me, draggle, here with my latest excuse for failing miserably at anime blogging.

As you all could probably guess, I like anime. Like many in our circles, I also enjoy Japanese RPGS and manga. But I think light novels are dumb. And I don’t even care enough about figures or cosplay to bother insulting them. And visual novels… my god. What an atrocity. A crime against humanity?

I’ve tried to enjoy visual novels. Probably my first gentle introduction was Utawarerumono. Yes, it’s kind of an SRPG / visual novel hybrid so maybe it doesn’t count. That’s probably the only reason I managed to finish it. It certainly didn’t help my opinion of visual novels that I didn’t realize it was 18+ (I only downloaded it because I had enjoyed the anime without really researching it at all) and my roommate walked in right as the first sex scene started and my computer crashed. Awkward. Continue reading I Finally Found a Visual Novel that’s Better than Mushoku Tensei