Friday! Video games! Let’s talk!
It’s been a bit of a crazy week, both in the way of migraines and preparing for another garage sale this weekend. Our plans to move to Seattle in October seemingly fell short, as we just didn’t have enough time to take care of other affairs. We’re planning for next spring instead, which should give us plenty of time to unload more of our stuff.
On the gaming front, I’ve been obsessively playing Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom. I’m 43 hours in, just unlocked the airship in chapter 7, recruited my 50th citizen, and upgraded my kingdom to rank 3. The kingdom stuff is pretty fun; erecting and upgrading buildings to impress the locals, which, in turn, gives me more money at a faster rate. I’m also enjoying the skirmish stuff, which is an RTS-lite with a paper-rock-scissors battle mechanic.
As for my go-to party, I spent most of my time using Roland (main) with Batu and Tani, just so all three party members avoided sharing weapon types. Lately, though, I benched the father/daughter sky pirate duo and brought in Evan for his massive spell damage, along with Bracken for her healing and support abilities. It’s been smooth sailing.
The story is fun and the game is absolutely beautiful, but it’s not doing much to flesh out the characters. Roland started off interesting and then his backstory was avoided altogether until chapter 7. The same happened to Tani and Batu after joining early on, as with Leander during the mid-game. Bracken has been the only character thus far to be given any post-recruitment attention, which just feels weird. I’m not overly attached to anyone just yet.
Anyway, I’m hoping to have this finished by next weekend so I can start Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~The Golden Country~. Ni no Kuni II is a rad JRPG with a lot of fun stuff to do, and my only issue lies within the lackluster cast of characters.
Since I don’t plan on subscribing to Nintendo’s new online service, I caved and sold my copy of Splatoon 2 and used the funds to pick up Tales of the Abyss on 3DS and Tales of Graces f on PS3. The NES games don’t interest me (I own modded NES and SNES Classics), the online features aren’t a big selling point, but the only reason I’d consider subscribing is for cloud saves. It’s only $20 per-year, sure, but I’m good for now.
What about you, folks? Any big gaming plans this weekend?