May 2008

Sometimes, playing games is like being in the Matrix. You’ll be doing your thing, getting into the flow of your session, when all of a sudden, you notice something you always overlooked before. At first, there’s confusion. Something you had assumed – or been led to assume – was one way turns out to not be exactly like it first seemed. So you look at it closer. And the gears start whirring in your head. And then, BAM! It hits you. You have discovered a new interaction between the abilities given to you, one that could very well be the ‘???” before the ‘Profit’. (more…)

Update: Yahtzee has a ZP on it here.

I’ve been playing The World Ends With You after a good friend recommended it, and I must say, I’m impressed. I haven’t finished it yet, but the story so far is captivating and the battles make me reminisce of Star Ocean: The Second Story and Xenogears.

 The game corrects a lot of the things that people perceive as flaws in JRPGs, namely:

Random battles – You fight when you want to fight. If you just want to move the story along, or go shopping, you can do so without worrying about random battles.


And there was much rejoicing.

No minstrels were harmed in the creation of this post.