Well, 2007 is at its end, and what a year. Unfortunately, I can't really remember all that I've done this year, so instead of a great big year end retrospective, this will pretty much just be a "December 2007" retrospective. Hopefully next year, as I continue to diligently post monthly retrospectives, I will be able to synthesize such a great thing for you all, but for now...
December turned out pretty well for me. It opened to a great deal of stress as anticipated, but that was offset by the sheer enjoyment Radiata Stories brought me. I was as good as my word, and finished the game not once, but twice in order to experience the entire storyline. I also did every last sidequest and minigame available, and overall just milked that game for all its worth.
After completing Radiata I enjoyed another drifting phase, once again trying and failing to get into Final Fantasy VII as well as a few other games. Effort was minimal on my part to really deal with my gaming hobby, however, as real life exacted a heavy toll on my time during the middle of the month. Exams and research papers swallowed up my time with ease and before I knew it I was solely concentrating on these. They were over December 17th, and for two days, I slept. I was exhausted.
December 19th I returned to my parent's house for Christmas break and immediately set into The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, my favorite game. Unfortunately, my parents and a few friends were Mamba-starved and as such I didn't have enough time to beat Zelda (or even really play it very much) before Christmas rolled around. This was compounded by the fact that I've started watching 24, which is an incredibly addictive piece of television that sucks up my time seemingly without effort.
Christmas was great, and I obtained an obscene number of games, far more than I had anticipated. As I'd promised myself months earlier, I immediately set into Suikoden, and have been playing it a great deal since. It is every bit as amazing as I remembered.
As mentioned, an absurd number of games were obtained this month. Suikoden, Suikoden II, Valkyrie Profile, Tales of Destiny, Tales of Destiny II, Xenogears, Grandia, Vagrant Story, Super Mario Galaxy, and the Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass were all obtained as Christmas presents, and I myself bought Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonius, Sly 2: Band of Thieves, Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves, Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria, Legaia 2: Duel Saga, Burnout 3: Takedown, Twisted Metal: Black, Mega Man X: Command Mission, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3, and traded in my Wii version of Zelda: Twilight Princess for the far superior Gamecube iteration. This is by far the largest number of games I've ever obtained in a single month.
Plans for next month? Well, I definetely plan to finish Suikoden, and may try to play Suikoden II after that. However, I feel like I've been playing way too many RPGs for far too long and may take a platformer break. As I own every single major platformer for the Playstation 2, as well as some great platformers for systems such as the Gamecube, Wii, Nintendo 64, and Playstation, I have a lot of options. I think for awhile I may play some solid platformers.
Games I'm really looking forward to playing this month:
...and some sort of platformer game.