Thursday, January 5, 2017

Not quite that cute

Twice people of a younger age walked behind me whilst I was playing World of Final Fantasy and said 'are you playing a Pokemon game?'

No this is not a Pokemon game! Go away!

Alone again, I thought about it. What was I actually doing in the game? Exploring a world, capturing mirages, just another word for monsters, with shiny balls, training them, leveling them up, and sometimes evolving them into better mirages.

I was playing a Pokemon game, the only difference being that in World of Final Fantasy I could stack them on my head and in Pokemon...

Yeah, it's the same damn thing. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Heck, one of my favorite JRPGs of all time, a game that I consider it a triumph to have finished, Nocturne, was just Pokemon with demons. As a game mechanic it works and it works well, without or without the sickeningly cute characters designed to push merchandise.

Oh god damnit. Everything is the same. Yet I have never played a Pokemon game because I cannot imagine investing time in a game that I cannot see on a big screen. I have an aversion to handhelds that I will never get over and have missed some great game because of it.


It appears we have the first stinker of the year in Earth's Dawn. It's Dragon's Crown minus everything that made Dragon's Crown good, plus unskippable cutscenes and the most convoluted upgrade system I have ever seen. I played it for about an hour last night and learned nothing of how anything works and they is no way to review old tutorial messages. What did I do to deserve this?

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