THE LEGEND OF DRAGOON
It wasn't until recently that I realized how much I loved this game. I had played a file of it previously, several years back. I had made it to the final stage of the game, only to have my brother "accidentally" overwrite my well built file. I was crushed, so I basically abandoned all hope of returning to where I was. But, about a month ago, I purchased the game. I gave her a whirl, and after some minor adjusting, I was back in it.
What really stands out about this game is the battle system. The way characters attack is by "Additions", which are special attacks that have certain timing and button presses that make it work. You have to time the lining of the squares up and press X to make a successful hit. If the squares turn orange, you must press O to avoid an enemy block. Upon pressing the buttons correctly in time, you'll get the complete Addition. They range from 1 hit, to 7 (meaning that's how many times you have to press the button to complete it). As you make succcessful additions, the attack levels up. 0-20 is Lvl. 1, 21-40 is Lvl. 2, etc. Upon reaching Lvl. 5 (80 successful uses), you can continue to a new addition, which starts back at level 1. As they level, they get more powerful, and in some cases earn you more SP (which charges up your dragoon bars).
Like most RPGs, there's some form of super powerful attack/form. In this game, it's Dragoon form. In dragoon form, each character (when they get their stones) can perform either D-Additions, or D-Magic. With the additions, you have a little timer appear, and you must hit X right as the bar passes on the little marker on the top, up to 5 times for a "Perfect" addition. Very strong. The Magic aspect is more powerful though. The Dragoon stone also levels up like Additions, so at level 1 you have 1 spell, 2 you get another, 3 you get a third, 4 is nothing, and 5 is the ultimate magical attack (it's always summoning the Dragon of that dragoon spirit). SP is accumulated, which fills up your Dragoon gauges. With 100 SP gained, you have 1 attack made available. You get 1 Dragoon attack per 100 SP, up to 5 total.
Lastly, the story of LoD is amazing. Much like the greater RPGs, it has something of a puzzle like feel to it, where all the pieces start falling into place and every question you had earlier starts getting answered. It's all about the Moon That Never Sets. It's the key to the entire plot, from the beginning. I won't spoil it, but let's just say that you have to stop a God from being born. Each character has a story that eventually leads into another character, and eventually they all are connected. Various races, powers, and secrets make them quite a motley crew.
Just to let you all know, I'll be away for the weekend. I won't likely be active until maybe Sunday or Monday. I'll finish up this blog series then. I bet you can't guess what #1 is >_>