I have been told to continue to wait for copies of Hyrule Warriors and Smash Bros and not to buy them myself, but as they still have not arrived, I cannot write about them today! Instead – and do not get too excited, LusiPopCans – I am going to talk about RPGs that are nearly three decades old. Yaayyyy!
Dragon Quest for… Android?!?!?!
As a relatively new fan to the Dragon Quest series and as somebody who would still consider himself a ‘moderate’ fan of the games, I am not as well-versed in the older entries in the series. Although my completion rate of the Final Fantasy series is still embarrassingly low, I have at least played every offline game in the series and – in most cases – have completed at least over 75 per cent of the title. Also, the fact is that playing older games in the Dragon Quest series is generally a more difficult task than finding one of Square Enix’s one hundred and twenty six thousand remakes of their older titles (more on that in a bit).
I found a cheap copy of Dragon Warrior that I could play on my girlfriend’s NES, but it never really grabbed me. To be honest, I think I knew from the beginning that the only way I would be able give the game a proper try would be if I had a handheld version of it. Well Square Enix responded to my request! Well, they sort of did. They did not specifically respond to me, and their decision was a little unexpected. They released a mobile version of the game. To illustrate how this felt, let me represent the situation through a hypothetical conversation about cream of mushroom soup.
“Hello there, I would like some cream of mushroom soup please! I will gladly pay for it.”
“Here is a cream of mushroom soup pill! It is cheaper and tastes pretty much the same.”
“Well, that is nice I suppose for people who prefer pills to soup, but I would like soup please.”
“No, just the pill. Three dollars.”
I do not see anything inherently wrong with a mobile version of the original Dragon Quest (I am far more skeptical of the mobile version of Dragon Quest VIII), but it does baffle me that it does not exist on the 3DS or Vita, even as a repackage of the Game Boy Color combo with Dragon Quest II. I do not work in business marketing strategies, but it seems to me like it would be a relatively easy move, especially considering the existence of said mobile and Game Boy versions. Anyway.
The game itself is much as I expected; it is satisfyingly simple. One party member, not a lot of direction outside of exploration, and Dragon Quest‘s typical brand of resource management. I love deciding if I should risk taking a longer trip into the wild or if I should grind a little first. Of course the former is more appealing, but it is also more risky. Still, I tend to not get more than ten minutes of gameplay time in during one go because I want to use my phone for something or I do not want to drain the batteries or I get annoyed that I am playing an RPG on my goddamned phone.
Final Fantasy I
Am I blind, LusiEyeDrops? I thought that there was a better remake of the original Final Fantasy available on the PlayStation Store that was not the Origins package. Granted, I had already paid for Origins, so it was a matter of a download and not a purchase, but I really would prefer another version. I am tempted to play the original original version on the Virtual Console, but then I return to the problem of playing a game like that on my large television, and that is just not something I am terribly interested in. To be perfectly honest, my first choice would be to play the original original version on my Vita, but I do not believe that is a possibility. Am I missing something here? I am enjoying playing the first hour for the one billionth time, but if there is a better way, then I would rather switch now than get too far deep into this Origins version.
Oh yes, I suppose I should answer just why I have been playing RPGs from around the time when I was born. It is not just a completionist mindset, but also a curiosity into the games that so thoroughly shaped my favourite genre. A time when the genre was in its more elemental form as a video game. It is interesting to see the evolutions (or lack thereof) that sprung from these old games and how the genre is better or worse served by having very little else to compare itself to. I am describing all this in very vague terms because I would rather play more of these two games specifically before I start making an analysis. But I would like to do so properly!
I played more Shadows of Morder and while it is still strong, it does not really have a good gameplay arc. Powers are added and they are well-implemented, but it is fairly meaningless in terms of what makes the gameplay great (which is to say interacting with Uruk politics, constructing plans of attack, and building a relationship with the game’s surroundings). I also downloaded Persona 4 Golden because I figure that I should at least give that series a proper try. Also on that list is Disgaea, although I did not also buy that. I need to limit my purchases. I also finally beat Rogue Legacy and while I am enormously tempted to go for a platinum trophy, I know that I do not have the time in relation to the payoff.
Will this be the week I finally get to try Hyrule Warriors and Smash Bros? Or will I get my hopes up again for nothing? I have enough on my plate as it is, but I would be able to squeeze those two into rotation. I have dropped Curtain Call from said rotation. Not worth it. Everybody comment except for Mel. He has to extra comment.