How to handle spoilers of the first title while reviewing the second.
Or how I learned to stop worrying and love the PlayStation
I like the Final Fantasy series. Around the year 2000 when I first stumbled upon this whole video game reviewing scene (at GameFAQs and later HonestGamers), I was barely able to define an RPG. I remember getting frustrated at playing games I thought were RPGs and people saying “Nope, that’s not an RPG”. But I was playing the role of a character in a story… most these games were more properly classed as adventure games.
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Old Team Tournament transcript
No, just no.
Okay, so maybe I was a little too praiseworthy of the first game. I still loved it, despite some obvious problems with pacing and story. But this second game... terrible story, unbearable characters, cringe-worthy dialogue, the exact same battle system from the first game, with one or two minor additions. Most of the new jobs are weird and not very useful.
If the first game went back to the roots of Final Fantasy and proved that a game of this style could still be fun in a world where Square-Enix mostly cares about Final Fantasy XIII moviegames, Bravely Second misses the point.
I didn't review anything, but I was busy playing stuff.
Just before last Christmas, I bought myself a PS4.
Most of the year was Witcher 3, and some other games that weren't as good as Witcher 3. I was playing Dragon Age: Inquisition earlier in the year, and that was good, but Witcher 3 completely blew it out of the water. I played about an hour of the new Batman game, but it wasn't Witcher 3, so I haven't been back to it yet. The same also happened to Final Fantasy Type 0 HD (which really looks ugly for a PS4 game and has that narrow sort of shoebox feel that Crisis Core and other PSP RPGs had - streaming this to the Vita made it a lot more bearable).
First world problems...
I work full time now, and I usually prefer more passive activities in the evenings, such as watching TV shows. As a result, I don't play games very much. I tend to get about 4 hours or so on a Saturday or Sunday, and so every weekend, for what feels like most of this year, I've been slowly but surely plugging along with Witcher 3 - which is still an excellent game. I get the sense that things might be drawing to a conclusion soon, but I have no idea.
Back when I was unemployed, I would've played this game all day every day until I finished it (like the month and a bit I lost to Skyrim, like the summer I lost to Fallout 3)...