Friday! Video games! Let’s talk!
This week’s post won’t be much different from last week’s, as I’m still chipping away at Final Fantasy XIII on PS3. I’m roughly 30 hours into the game and recently stepped foot on Gran Pulse — the 11th chapter where the game transitions from a linear experience to a more open-world one.
I’ve only managed to complete a pair of side-quests in Gran Pulse, but the casual nature of the area and its quest structure have been most welcome. With the fall semester beginning on Monday, I haven’t had the time or desire to invest in something I have to strongly focus on (i.e. RPGs), and with Gran Pulse being more casual and open-ended, devoid of story exposition, it’s ideal if I only have an hour or two to kill. Finish a side-quest, explore a bit, die to giant monsters I have no business fighting… you know, the usual.
I’m not sure how much Final Fantasy XIII I’ll actually get to this weekend, though, since I have family coming in from Maryland and New Jersey for the eclipse (which passes right through our small town) and I’ll be out on Sunday for my birthday.
I was worried about going out to dinner as a family since my girlfriend and I are both vegan and we didn’t want to drag everyone along to a specialty restaurant with foods they probably won’t eat. Crisis averted, though, since Red Robin has vegan burger options and their fries aren’t deep fried in the same oil as any animal products. Huzzah.
Since my free time is a bit scattered, I’ve been picking up my 3DS for short bursts of the Mega Man Legacy Collection and Pokemon Y. I’ve not made much progress in either, but Mega Man is basically comfort food and leveling Pokemon is apparently my idea of mindless enjoyment.
It’s always nice to revisit a series like Mega Man and fall in love all over again (the same thing is occurring now with Final Fantasy since playing through XV and World of Final Fantasy last December). The 2nd and 3rd Mega Man games were some of my most-played as a kid and still remain two of my favorite gaming soundtracks of all time, but I’ve always been incredibly bad at the Dr. Wily stages. Not much has changed there. If anything, I’m worse now than I was in elementary school.
Playing through the Mega Man games on the 3DS, however, makes me wish both Legacy Collections were available on the Switch. I like the idea of Mega Man on a handheld, but the tiny screen on the 3DS and stiff d-pad aren’t doing it any favors.
That’s about it from me. What about you, folks? Got any weekend gaming plans?