Friday, August 17, 2018

Where are my rose colored glasses?

I am still up in the air about Octopath Traveler. The combat is simple but satisfying but the characters are thin and not at all engaging. I did not know that the character I started with is stuck in the party until his quest is complete. At least I picked the warrior who hits like a truck. Other characters are getting cycled in and out, because I am trying to keep everyone else's levels somewhere similar, but there is only one mage (so far) and only one healer (so far). Living without the mage works, barely, but not having the healer in the party would eat through my funds faster than I could replenish them.

Money is always at a premium. There is a character that help earn more but she is currently on the bench. It really feels that the 'correct' party is fighter - black mage - white mage - merchant, very traditional, save for the merchant. At the moment it is fighter - white mage - thief (who is not bad) - another warrior who doesn't hit as hard as the first one but that can summon a few monsters. Not ideal.

There is no hook in Octopath Traveler. Tales of Berseria had the player guessing if the party was the good guys or the bad guys. The last Ys game had a wonderful sense of exploration and adventure. Hell, even Shining Resonance Refrain, a below average JRPG, had dragons and the main character constantly fighting for control of his own body. The only real hook in Octopath Traveler is its sense of nostalgia and that is not enough to sustain be through a long ass game.

At least I am in no rush to start the next game on the pile: We Happy Few. That game needs a patch or three to even be playable. I may sample and summarily discard Dead Cells this weekend and then Guacamelee 2 comes out next week, a game that demands to be played as soon as it is available.

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The Walking Dead: The Final Season is good. Not season one good but better than anything since. It looks good, it runs well, and Clementine is once again the focus, along with AJ, the baby from Season Two. I will not spoil anything, suffice it to say that being born into a world filled with walkers is a great way to end up as a really, really fucked up kid.

AJ makes Clem look normal.

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Last week I mentioned losing my cushy job. That did happen, or will happen, at the end of the month. I have managed to secure another job that will allow me to work entirely from home. This is both a good and a bad thing. No driving is good. Eating lunch at home should save money. I may forget how to deal with people face to face.

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