Finally finished Vesperia.
That was a supremely satisfying experience for me. My only problem is that there is no Tales of Vesperia Part 2. I didn't want it to end.
Given the abrupt ending and the loss of a major technology by the end of game, I think a second title could actually work better than it did with Destiny and Symphonia getting sequels (their endings felt pretty "complete" by the first title anyways). Also I feel like the plot of a world "overrun" with monsters becomes even more frightening since the technology that protected the cities is gone.... Dang. There's sequel potential there for sure.
Maybe we'll need the 10 year anni for Vesperia then...? Oh man...PS4 HD UPDATES!?!? Sorry, my thoughts jumped ship.
I love the cameo costumes (except Raines). Mostly I'm just happy to get them out of the pretty constricting outfits they usually do wear. ...Actually, thinking about it, as far as JRPGs go a lot of the characters are really well covered-up --- even their sex-pot character Sheena who's really only got the top half of her melons exposed.
The unicorn scene with Sheena is one of my favorites in the game. Thing with Sheena is that
even though she looks sexy, she's actually the demure one. She's obviously still a virgin since she can hang with the unicorn and gets ruffled that people think she's slutty because she's stacked. And in Mizuho, their attitudes about relationships and shit is REALLY strict and Sheena respected it.On the other hand, Raine said she couldn't hang with the unicorn because "she's an adult." Okay, so who the hell has that half-elven tramp been banging?
In other words, Symphonia flipped the script there and did another subtle take on the theme of not judging based on appearances.
Forgive the off-topic, but FFVII did it too,
with Tifa and Aeris. Their personalities also fit into the other's trope, too. Tifa's pretty demure, even if she's a bit on the
messed up side, while Aeris is blunt and playful.
I like it when games play with tropes in subtle ways like that.
I never put it as "demure" before, but I never really put two-and-two together to come to that revelation (of course, the game DID come out when I was 13/14 and still dumb about life and "love"). I especially liked the perspective about Tifa and Aeris (literally, their bodies throw us off). I kinda liked that Tifa was more shy but honest about her feelings; Aeris was more a playful flirt about it (to the point that it was kinda silly actually: TEE-HEE I'LL PAY YOU BACK WITH A D-A-T-E! <3 shit).
And yeah, I always liked the bit with the unicorn. The fact it meets "pure ladies" is a clever way to get some nutty party hijinks out of a legitimate scenario.
I kinda wanna talk about this more in another context...The Sheena x Zelos dynamic in skits a lot of fun because he's crazy about her (and her body), but Sheena's surprisingly humble, shy, and reserved to reciprocate it at all. I was actually thinking about this with respect to Bravely Defaults "skits" (or Party Chat): Since Tiz and Agnes are just....kinda boring (they're very "mission-minded" and tend to state the obvious or give the more humble response), Tales games tend to infuse even their lead or serious characters with some quirk that makes many of the skits extremely enjoyable.