Shining Force is longer than I remember it being, but I still like it. I'm halfway through Chapter 2 now. I don't remember half these fights. I do remember everything being harder than this, but then again, I played it back when concepts of "equipment" and "levels" were foreign to me. Also, enemies are smarter than I forst thought. They don't just rush you, they try to trap you and get you in a position where they can hurt you and then their buddies can come in for the kill. Definitely more intelligent than I thought they were doing at first.
I think the comparable simplicity of SF's mechanics honestly serve it really well. Also wrt SF's difficulty, it's easy to fall into the trap of just using the main dude for everything and underlevelling the healers and mages, which works fine for a bit but then screws you over /reallllllly/ hardcore.
Although I hit the opposite problem in SF3 and, uh, got Synbios underlevelled and ended up overlevelling Grace :S
Anyway, played Outrun 2006 and Suikoden 3 for a bit. About to do some battle in Chisha with Chris. I need to quit neglecting S3 because it's very much the most I've enjoyed an RPG in a very long time :S
Anyway, also in the mood to spend some time with TLS/Saint's Row 2/Unreal Tournament. Actuallky 2K4 in particular but I don't feel like digging it off of my old desktop. Anything /autumnal/ really. Maybe SimCity 4.
I'm putting the shmups on hold 'cause shmups aren't an /autumnal/ thing to me.
1. DoY is fucking delightful. Also honestly I like the chiptunes in that as much as the CD audio, tho i got this weird fetish for TG16 music anyway.
2. The first dungeon is like the worst part of DQ8.