Tuesday, 1 November 2011
Thousand Arms (PSX)
I get to wander around his mansion but unfortunately there's nothing to take. Nothing tangible anyway. I tried grabbing one of these massive swords, but all I got was 13 MP. No clue what that means.
I love the way he scuttles around with his arms inside his cape though. He's got a likeable little sprite, even if it's a bit rough looking.
Meis confronts his dad about the invaders about to storm their lands and asks him why he's not gathering weapons and soldiers to fight them off. His dad replies that he knows about these Dark Acolytes and what they've they've been up to. For some reason this unusual show of basic awareness inspires Meis to... A or B.
I went with boring option A.
Oh wait... what? A dating statue? Son of a bitch, I've been tricked into playing a dating sim haven't I?
A FEW STEPS DOWN THE ROAD LATER.
This woman's fleeing for her life, leaving her home and community behind possibly forever, because the hero's family can't be bothered to even try to protect them... he's lucky she's too stunned to crack that bottle across his face.
Cue the j-pop animated intro.
I was surprised when I actually recognised the music from somewhere. Turns out the song is actually 'Depend on You' by Japanese pop superstar Ayumi Hamasaki, which is apparently famous enough for me to have heard it before somehow. I gotta admit, I don't hate it.
Personally I think the guy's noticed how Meis been staring at his sister and he's trying to send him off to certain death somewhere far away from her.
Fuck, it's going to take me forever to get anywhere in this town if he's going to stop and stare at every woman that enters his line of sight. The guy really does have only two goals in his life, fortunately for me fixing his sword comes first.
My immersion is totally shattered! But at least now I'm finally free to go wandering around town and elsewhere. They've let me off the rails a bit and I can go explore. First stop: item shop.
I love the graphics though. This looks fantastic for real time 3d on a PlayStation I reckon. I wonder when I got into the habit of capitalising the 'S' in PlayStation anyway.
This shop at least sells stuff that isn't gifts for girls, (though really healing potions are the perfect gift for anyone), so I grab some supplies and head out.
Final Fantasy looking overworld, not that there's anything wrong with that. It actually feels like a real legit rpg.
Okay, What was it they said? "Across the bridge to the east and head northwest". Well I already found a bridge, so I'm doing well. Now I just need to go north west.
Instruction Guy told me that each move has a few seconds delay, so after selecting 'attack' I've got to wait for Meis to run out of green triangles before he'll attack.
I'm starting to get the feeling I should have brought more health potions. Also I seeing as all the 'save points' I've found so far turned out to be something to do with dating, I should probably see if I can save on the overworld before I get killed and have to start again from the intro.
Shame the menu is so damn ugly looking. It's letting the rest of the game down!
MUCH WANDERING LATER.
MORE WALKING LATER.
I might need to run back to town to restock at this rate, I'm probably running low.
ONE TRIP BACK TO THE SHOPS LATER.
I'm not quitting until I get this sword fixed. Or at least get killed trying.
I can't tell if it's trying to trick me. I don't want to show it where my save menu is, it might start eating my save games or something.
A JOURNEY THROUGH DARK MINES LATER.
My fight options are still pretty limited. I can use my weapon, or a potion, or maybe even defend if I want to stand still for a turn. There's probably a trick to using it at the right time to block his super attacks or something else I'm not seeing, but the only trick I'm using is having an inventory full of potions.
These graphics look pretty terrible in screenshots, but they do look better in motion. It's all very animated.
I feel like I should be giving this a 'not crap' award, even though I don't much want to keep playing. But I didn't give one to Tales of Destiny II a while back and I felt the same way about that, so I guess it'd be unfair to give one to this. I know, I'll give it a star to share with ToD2, they can have half each.