Friday! Video games! Let’s talk!
Just a heads up, there will be no Freakin’ Weekend wrap-up next Friday. I’ll be out of town from Thursday until Monday, so if anyone wants to carry the torch please feel free to do so. My reason for going out of town doesn’t relate to the next paragraph, though.
Last week I received some devastating news that one of my high school best friends had died and, as a result, I haven’t been in the mood for much of anything. He was the same best friend I wrote about in my 20th-anniversary post for Final Fantasy VII; one of many games we bonded over as teenagers. Needless to say, it was uncanny that I got the itch to play through Final Fantasy VII again all these years later and finished it the day before finding out about his death. May Cloud9 and Lotahooter live on in my memories forever.
On the gaming front, I’ve been chipping away at the PS4 port of Final Fantasy IX for a few hours here and there, but that’s it.
I had planned to go through Final Fantasy X’s PS4 remaster while juggling Kingdom Hearts but ended up at Final Fantasy IX instead. I’ve made it to the game’s third disc in the past but never finished it entirely. It’s a really good story and I like the pre-rendered backdrops and world design, the throwback to a four-person party, and how each character feels defined by their skills and abilities, rather than the materia you slap on them.
I also think the PS4 remaster (or PC/mobile port) does a great job at scaling up the roster’s character models without losing their identity. A more in-depth look can be found here via YouTube user Cycu1.
I strongly dislike its Tetra Master mini-game (and thankfully it’s only required to play three times) and Zidane’s horny thief gimmick is a bit annoying, but those are my only complaints.
I sold off a few more games (Bloodborne, Ratchet & Clank, and Rayman Legends since I have them digitally through my PS Plus subscription, and Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon because it performs so poorly on Switch) but nothing is tickling my fancy right now aside from God of War. Best Buy had Ni no Kuni 2 nearly 50% off yesterday, but it was an in-store offer only and my closest location is about an hour drive, so that was a big nope.
That about does it for me. What about you, folks? Any big plans this weekend?