Quick Note
September 10, 2010

I'll make this fast since I've absolutely got to go to bed. I should have been asleep an hour ago with my level of exhaustion, but that's connected to this post.

Because Birth by Sleep is one of the best RPGs I've ever started. Yeah, I can't really say PLAYED yet because I'm not very far in. But this has incredible promise, both in terms of story and gameplay. The fighting is quick, requires intelligence and dexterity without being overly complex, and refines the action-RPG into something glorious. The story is currently poignant in a subtle manner that I thought had fled from the lands of Square Enix forever.

You know the best part of FF6? The part where you split into different parties to experience different aspects of the story? That's like the premise of this entire game.

The customization is also varied and unique and very intuitive, involving what you use the most in combat.

Also, and this won't be the game's selling point but is still awesome, any game that involves a monopoly style board game (actually it's more like Showdown Yahtzee, but I'm probably the only person on this site who knows what that is) in its leveling up of combos is a winner in my book.

SIDE NOTE: Boob ads strike again! I love this site! And no, I'm not being sarcastic. I may be the only person who likes these ads.

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zigfried zigfried - September 11, 2010 (06:18 AM)
The current boob ad isn't so bad -- it's not totally NSFW and it reminds me of an old-time comic book.

What, you expected me to actually comment on the bulk of your post? Unfortunately, I've never heard of the game...

blood-omen blood-omen - September 11, 2010 (06:34 AM)
its a Kingdom Hearts game for the PSP....i sold my PSP some time back so portable gaming for me now....

hey how come thee is no boob ad on my blog page?????? i like boobies too u know.....
jiggs jiggs - September 11, 2010 (09:54 AM)
may i recommend Ys Seven. another fine action RPG for the PSP.
Genj Genj - September 11, 2010 (09:57 AM)
Birth By Sleep makes me wish I had invested in a PSP (that and the reasonably priced Valkyrie Profile port). 365/2 Days felt like an afterthought to appease DS fans. I'd love to have a PSP for a lot of games actually but with it being this late in its lifecycle, I can't help but think I'd regret it if Sony were to announce a backwards compatible successor.
zippdementia zippdementia - September 11, 2010 (11:43 AM)
I'll have a review by the end of the week, but this is the best of the Kingdom Hearts series. I never got into the DS one because, as you said, it seemed to be derivative. Chain of Memories I enjoyed, but it is also derivative. This is a really powerful new entry in the series, which has shown that the developers have been paying attention to fan response. The game is so TIGHT that there's nothing to do but accept it as a first-rate game.

It's a lot of fun; I can't put it down. And I haven't said that about a game in a long time. Even SC2 had its limits.

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