Damn, I started Last Story a while back before taking a break, but now started it back up (I'm about 2/5 finished) while also starting up Xenogears (yes, PSX Xenogears). I'm hoping playing both simultaneously isn't too much of a hindrance as my goal is beat Xenogears ASAP so I can start Xenoblade (yeah I know they aren't directly related, but I still wanted to play Xenogears first).
The Last Story is pretty short, so you'll finish that well before Xenogears.... if you don't throw the disc out the window first. It's one of the most frustrating games I've ever played, in certain parts.
It's been years since I played Xenogears, but I remember being really impressed by it. And knowing the backstory of Xenogears will give you a good backdrop for the story of Xenoblade. They're related thematically if nothing else, though that doesn't really become clear until the very end.
Yeah, I agree - Last Story has made me want to break the disc at times. I enjoyed it a lot until some more recent boss fights (I'm in that Spirit Plane place trying to get the Fortress Ship to activate). It just seems like such a poorly difficulty curved game. and the cap of lvl'ing up after a battle doesn't help.
And yeah, good to hear about the thematic relation between Xenogears and Xenoblade. Glad I planned it out that way!
I started Gears but stopped. My biggest beef was the ridiculous random encounter rate. I've been thinking about giving it another go but I'd have to start over because I forgot the story.
was it too often or too sparse?
And funny you mention the story. I've actually taken a break from Xenogears so I can focus on Last Story and beat it ASAP (my gaming play time ranges from like 3~10 hrs/week, so splitting time seems counterproductive). I was only about 5 hours in to Xenogears, but yeah, I wrote down where I left off on the story, all aspects of it - the surface story of the war, the sub-story of the theological aspect, hints about characters, etc. That way I won't forget it lol.