Friday (is almost over)! Video games! Let’s talk!
Yesterday I talked about how I’m celebrating Phantasy Star’s 30th anniversary by playing through the Sega Master System version for the very first time, and I’m happy to report that I finished it! I stand by the fact that it’s aged incredibly well, both in terms of sprite work, music, balance, and innovation. There wasn’t a ton of story going on in-game (since I don’t own the instruction booklet, which no doubt fills in some of the gaps), so the last boss not being mentioned once by the world’s inhabitants was a bit ho-hum. Still, Myau the cat rules and I enjoyed the 15-or-so hours it took to roll Phantasy Star’s credits.
My main gripe is the asinine frequency of random encounters, but that’s about normal for the 8- and 16-bit eras. I also had no idea where to go after defeating (what I initially thought was) the last boss, which required the use of a walkthrough. Apparently, I had to revisit a town I had only been to once or twice and couldn’t recall where it was located. One hour of increasingly frustrating random encounters later, I found myself requiring the assistance of that very same walkthrough.
I didn’t anticipate blowing through a 15-hour game over the course of two days, but here we are. As for what to play next, I’m still deciding between moving on to Phantasy Star II on the ol’ Genesis or taking in an RPG palate cleanser with something smaller. I still have Hob, Observer, and Pyre to play, which I picked up last week during the PlayStation holiday sale. I’m in a bit of an RPG mood, though, so chances are I’ll be booting up Phantasy Star II for the first time before my head hits the pillows.
I do have the Genesis at the ready, so maybe I’ll dig into Splatterhouse 2, Samurai Shodown (the only good console port), or Gunstar Heroes.
Not much else going on this weekend, so I may take this opportunity to finish up volume two of Junji Ito’s Gyo and start reading Cherie Priest’s Maplecroft. I’ve gotten a lot of headaches over the last week, so I haven’t really been in a reading mood. I’ve mostly been watching AGDQ 2018 speedruns, which I’ll probably keep doing until the charity event ends this Sunday (I think?). It’s not the same without Super Metroid, but today’s Mega Man 1-3 relay race was intense and I guess someone beat Mike Tyson’s Punch-out AND Super Punch-out simultaneously while using one controller that shared the inputs for both games. That’s more impressive than the blindfold Punch-out run!
What about you, folks? Got any gaming plans this weekend?