Oh hello there, LusiCoys! It has been some time since I mildly annoyed you all with an Editorial Miscellany, and seeing as I am onto my final few weeks here at Lusipurr.com, I thought I would give everybody (including myself) something a bit more familiar. Although I suppose taking thousand words to say I like Majora’s Mask is not particularly out of the ordinary.
I – as always – digress.
To fit the theme, after beating Majora’s Mask I returned to some familiar comfort games. Here are the things I thought about while playing them.
Final Fantasy X
Even for a site that can get pretty RPG-focused, the last few years have run this topic into the ground. I do not have anything fresh to say about FFX as a game as I finally near the end of the remastered version. What I have realized, however, is that I expect that this is the last time I am ever going to replay it. I was talking to my brother about this a few days ago and while I am glad that I replayed the entire thing again, I think the only way I would attempt another playthrough would be if I learned Japanese and played it in its original language so I could see what was lost or gained in translation. Maybe then it would not be such a tonal disaster, but I am hard pressed to imagine a way in which all those camera swoops and inane prolonged adolescent reactions would work. I am excited to put this one behind me pretty much for good.
Call it the habit of a long-time addict, but sometimes I just want to sit around and level up. My go to series used to be Dragon Quest, but seeing as there is no convenient way to play VIII and that is the one I have the biggest craving to play, Bravely Default is pretty much the perfect pill. Especially given how easily I can skip all the terrible dialogue and just focus on the beautiful locations and that sweet, sweet level-grinding.
I still do not really know what it is. During my first playthrough I could argue that grinding allowed for testing strategies of different class combinations and gaining new abilities, but during this playthrough, I am massively overleveled for the place in the game I am. I turned the encounter rate up to double, set my characters to auto-attack at four times the speed and just plow through. I suppose it is in some ways the same carrot-dangling that recent freemium games have capitalized on by distilling the process and then charging for it, but it is starting to make me think about the future of RPGs. Bravely Default is great for its battle system and high level of gameplay customization that I hope is its biggest influence on future games.
What was I talking about again? Breakfast?
It is a little strange that I have not yet mentioned Hearthstone on here yet. I was never one to play Magic: The Gathering or other such games (I just wish there was a commonly used acronym for games in which cards are collectible. Oh that is it! GiWCaC), but with the advent of my new touch screen laptop and my general interest in everything Blizzard produces means that I am playing it more than I ever thought I would. I have been working hard on my next project and a variety of other things, so Hearthstone provides a nice break that only usually lasts about ten to thirty minutes. I know I will never have the time be a pro or a sub-pro or a novice or a novice-in-training or even start winning more than twenty five percent of my games, but I like the way it makes me think, and it is a fun game to discuss and play with friends.
But seriously. Breakfast
I had been doing so well with being a functional human being the past few weeks that I suppose it was fated to break down at some point soon. I will eat right after I post this. I am sure everybody feels blessed by this knowledge.
Well this felt pretty familiar to me! Tepid meandering of thoughts and topics that provide little insight or entertainment. That is the Ethos way, and I need to make sure you all remember me as such. Anyhoo, if any of you LusiTaunts play Hearthstone, let us talk in the comments and hopefully play each other at some point!