I feel guilty about complaining about achievements so I decided I'll try and write something constructive. Kind of like eating a salad after eating a box of pizza with a nice layer of grease on the top. Doesn't help you much but at least it makes you feel better.
So in my long absence I've ended up half heartedly playing through several games. Making decent progress on some, beating a couple (mostly), and buying several others.
I've been playing the original Final Fantasy VII on and off since I'm determined to beat it, which I never have. Even though I own the game, I bought it through PSN, just as I plan to do for FFVIII eventually. I love playing that classic on my PSP, somehow its even more thrilling pocketsized! Probably because the graphics look surprisingly cleaner on a small screen, haha. Tifa just left the party at Mideel to be with Cloud, so I've got Cid leading with my party at around level 80. Yeah, lots of power leveling. Once I get the right armor and final weapons, I'll be more than good to go for the final dungeon. Maxing out on a lot of magic too, I won't bother trying that with summons though.
I beat Tales of Vesperia...two more times. Once for that low level Barbos achievement, the other for the speedster. They were basically two speed playthroughs, except I fought monsters on the previous one so I wasn't totally butchered. I beat the final story boss at around level 45 which I found was pretty satisfying. This last playthrough is easily the most frustrating. Reason? Cooking. I intend on maxing out on just about everything besides artes, so I'm making every character master every recipe. I know its not necessary, but it looks nice and I'm a perfectionist. I did it through the entire game and I still have around eight recipes to go. I'll be more than happy when its over since I can get back to sidequests, Tarqaron, and eventually the bonus dungeon, which I've never even unlocked before, so I'm quite excited.
Even though this is an update from a long time ago, I beat Star Ocean: First Departure a couple times. I think to unlock all the videos, I'd need two more playthroughs, which I'm not going to do. So I just watched some PA's and the movies I missed on youtube and called it even XD. I beat Star Ocean: Second Evolution on Claude's side. Well...that's not quite true, I got to the last save point where you CAN trick the game into saying that you beat it, but I really didn't. The game was a cinch up until Phienal. Honestly? I couldn't beat Gabriel, and his limiter wasn't even off. They really throw you a left hook, everything being easy as pie until Gabriel whips your ass about 15 times. I probably would have won if I went back to Fun City, stole the bunny shoes, put them on Claude and went back up, but I can't be arsed for that major pain in the ass. So...I just restarted as the Rena side, but I'll be more prepared next time. I got the voice gallery for the characters, so I'm fine with that. Seriously, its the first boss in YEARS that I just could not beat, with or without a guide to help. So, to anyone with SO2 on the PSP, pickpocket the bunny shoes from that guy in the bunny suit in Fun City. I'm pretty sure Gabriel sucks without them. That, or grab treasure in the first few floors of the bonus dungeon. I suppose there's always both for the overprepared, of which I shall be. 9,999 damage on all characters. FUN. I wish there was an option to write a guide on a boss in a game rather than just a general review. XD
Recently got back into Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions. Apparently, RPG companies are utterly incapable of making an original RPG on the PSP. The only original RPG on the PSP I have is Aedis Eclipse and sadly...it sucks. But anyway. FFT, talk about a game that's slow to get into. I think the entire prequel took me about ten hours. And for me at least, its not a game you can play for hours, so it ended up being a lot longer than what 10 hours at face value is. Another game that's easy to power level on. I did this one by accident though. More like trying to finish a job on several different characters, one catches up *coughRamzacough* so naturally I can't have that character do nothing! I'm around the beginning of Chapter II and Ramza is like level 42 with the others trailing in the upper 30's. Ridiculous! Oh well, if I butcher my enemies for awhile I guess I have no right to complain. I can't tell yet whether the story will be rewarding enough for me or not. I'd like to think hundreds of positive opinions on FFT over several years aren't all wrong so I'm optimistic at least.
Awhile ago I bought Jeanne D'arc, quite a fun little SRPG. On a side note, I'm noticing a pattern in new RPG's and how easy it is overprepare to the point of breaking a good portion of the game. Maybe that's for another blog entry. In Jeanne, you can level characters one by one in the very first level up to around level 40 at least without much difficulty. Its a bit putsy, but doing that on a few of your main characters is very beneficial, but also makes a lot of the game quite easy. Still, enjoying the story and I'm interested in where the characters are going. It's easier to get into if you throw out any historical significance you remember from history class about the real Joan of Arc. I don't think dear ol' Joan had to worry about demons and a possessed 4 year old King Henry.
Say, you ever hear so much about a game for such a long time, you know its a game you should get but you never get around to it? Lunar has been that game for me, for years. Then again, so has Suikoden II, but at least with the new Lunar game release, I don't have to pay $200 for that. Something had to give. Hurry up PSN, I can't play Suikoden III without number 2! *Ahem* Anyway, I was quite excited to have Lunar on the PSP, I started playing it right away despite being in the middle of a few other games. Even though its quite an old game, I think its quite well developed and I enjoy the characters. One slight disappointment would be they kept the anime cutscenes from when they redid the game on the PS1. I enjoy the voice acting though. Quite honestly, its the most fun I've had just playing a game since Vesperia. And before Vesperia, the last one I felt that way playing was FFX, so not too far off the road. In my mind that makes for an enjoyable game just in how its emotionally affected me. A game that's been making me think a bit.
I also purchased Star Ocean 4: The Last Hope, about a month before I saw that a newer version was released on the PS3 >_>. To make up for that I bought Eternal Sonata on the PS3. And another game I've wanted for years I bought the PSP remake, Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth. I played basically the first scene in Lost Odyssey. Have no idea what's going on but at least it looked awesome. Sort of like all the recent Finay Fantasy's, no? Last Remnant too. Sadly, I haven't had the chance to play any of these though. And I still haven't played Valkyria Chronicles, its just sitting on the shelf. Waiting. Hopefully my crazy rant was useful/interesting to some people who either plan to buy or already own some of these games but haven't played yet.
Recently Purchased Games:
Jeanne D'Arc (PSP), Lunar: Silver Star Harmony (PSP), Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth (PSP), Star Ocean 4: The Last Hope (360), Lost Odyssey (360), The Last Remnant (360), Eternal Sonata (PS3)