This week’s Retro Roundup is pretty late due to unhappy real-life occurances, but at least this week people can’t whine about how I couldn’t possibly have spent enough time with these games to have formed an opinion. Ah, who am I kidding. People can complain about anything.
I’ve also posted a preview of Hoshigami Remix, which game had the good fortune to sneak in shortly before Final Fantasy Tactics: The Lion War arrived. Otherwise I don’t think it would have fared as well in the kangaroo court of my opinion.
Yeah, I’m replaying FF Tactics in Japanese. I haven’t really touched the game since I first played it in 1998, but I’m surprised as how easily I’ve fallen back into it. Yes, I know, blah blah blah — too easy, too simple, not enough units on the battlefield, T.G. Cid is a cheap bastard. Fine, whatever. It’s still fun, yannow?
Currently my characters are all around about level 10 and I’m heading to the final battle of Chapter One. Pimp daddy Ramza and his team of fly honeys, that is: Rose the Knight, Yukiko the Archer (whose combination of longbow, Armor/Weapon Break and Concentrate might accidentally make the upcoming battle a little too easy), Jennifer the Monk and Violet the White Mage. Boys are stupid, as Todd Goldman might say, after seeing someone else say it first.
It occurs to me that if I were stranded on a desert island, I could probably manage to get along just fine as long as I had the Ivalice games with me. Heck, just waiting for Vagrant Story’s smithy boxes to load into memory could kill months.
Yeah, seriously, Gafgarion. It’s not her fault that the PlayStation’s memory card slot had such a pokey I/O controller. Jerk.