Friday is once again upon us and HOLY SHIT, WHY IS IT SO FUCKING COLD OUTSIDE?! Mother Nature really needs to get her shit together.
Anyway, what are you playing to keep warm this weekend?
I’m currently 10 chapters deep in World of Final Fantasy and I’m enjoying it quite a bit. It’s a tad on the easy side, but collecting all of the different mirages and coming up with powerful stacks has been interesting. Basically, you have your two main characters and each of them can create a “stack” with two of your captured monsters. This has its ups and downs. All of your stats, like health, strength and magic, combine, along with elemental power and resistances. So stacking mirages that are both fire elementals not only increases the damage of your fire spells, but can turn fire in to fira, and so on.
The tale begins interesting enough, with twin siblings awakening in a world without time and being told by God herself that they’re both important Mirage Keepers (essentially Pokemon trainers, but with significant importance in the fate of the worlds). Throughout the chapters I’ve played, they’ve met up with a few heroes from past Final Fantasy games, like Refia, Princess Sarah, and The Warrior of Light, and I’ve even managed to capture familiar espers like Ifrit, Shiva, and Valefor to use in my stacks, so there’s quite a bit of fanservice.
The writing is genuinely funny at times as well, aside from a certain annoying-as-hell mascot that the-puts the word “the-” in the-front of the-everything. Never has there been a more convincing argument to play in Japanese with English subs instead.
Since my girlfriend is going out of town tomorrow to spend Christmas with her family over the actual holiday, we had our own Christmas gathering with my mom yesterday. I got The Last Guardian (among other things), which is going to put my World of Final Fantasy progress on hold for a day or two. I was going to save it until after she left, but I cheated last night and played through the first hour. I doubt I’m emotionally ready, haha.
What I’ve played so far has been great. It definitely feels like a Fumito Ueda game, for better or worse. I loved Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, and this just feels like a natural extension of those worlds; artsy world design, platforming, and puzzle solving. Thus far it’s been a matter of solving simple puzzles to feed Trico, the loveable giant bird-dog-cat thing, in an attempt to familiarize myself with his mannerisms and abilities. His animation is pretty damn incredible too.
My plan is to play through The Last Guardian first, and then get back to World of Final Fantasy in hopes of finishing it before winter break is over on January 9th.
What about you folks? What are you getting in to this weekend?