Decided to play a bit of the red-headed black step-sheep of the Tales of series recently and quite enjoyed it. Not putting it in rotation for now, but still happy I gave it a shot.
Anyway, sticking these in so I remember to play them later:Tales of Phantasia
- Off to charge me up some Rheiards.Okami
Final Fantasy 2
Just boarded the Dreadnought. The game is pretty fun if you just ignore how stats are raised and just go with the flow.
Basically this, although the magic growth rate is... doofy, especially since a lot of the usefuler curative spells are like several levels deep into their spell like. There's quite a lot I DO like about FF1 and 2, although stuff like FF1's 100% encounter tiles and 2's... magic growth rate doofiness is really offputting to me.
That being said, despite FF3 being ostensibly less broken than FF1 or 2, the DS version of it at least did quite a lot more to get on my nerves.
SO:FD for me was such a mixed bag. I enjoyed it well enough to finish it but couldn't shake the feeling of "this is like a demo for Star Ocean 2" the whole time I played.
Not having played SOFD, but from the screenshots it looked like it lost a lot of the... look and feel that made SO1 unique. I've got a lot of issues with SO1's dungeons and battle system, but they could've cleaned those up without entirely changing the feel of the game, like with ToP PSX.