Final Fantasy IX Journal: About 17 hours In
Note: This game is over a decade old but it should be noted that SPOILERS will be in this log.
Story/Characters: I just got to Lindblum for the second time. I like the story and characters, I don't LOVE them but they are good. Garnet and Zidane interact well and Vivi seems kind of awesome. I'm really interested in seeing the part he has to play in the endgame. Steiner is good for a few laughs but for the most part he is whatever. I did laugh when Zidane was in a shop and saw a suit of armor and said something like "Who would ever buy that rusty thing?", then a few minutes later you are in the shop with Steiner and he looks at it and wants to buy it. Things like that add quite a bit to the game world in my opinion. I also enjoyed when Zidane asked a girl out to go flying or whatever, then forgot who he had asked and hit Garnet up about it. Those are just little things, but to me it's things like that that really make me enjoy the world within and rpg. At this point the story on a grand scale isn't really good or bad. It isn't anything new, but maybe it doesn't have to be. It's engaging enough to draw me back to the game.
Battle System: At first it didn't seem like much, but now I'm addicted to leveling equipment up and gaining the abilities. We'll see what happens, I have done very little grinding so far. I think that the way the leveling is set up it might make grinding a little more enjoyable. I was pretty excited when I got AUTO POTION for Zidane. I just got Garnets first Eidolon but I haven't used him yet. I sure hope the cinematic for his spell isn't like the ones in Final Fantasy VIII. Those were soooo long, about the 5000 time I summoned Ifrit I wanted him to die.
Card Game: I've only played a couple games, meh. It doesn't seem like anything exciting. I'll try to play more before the next game journal.
Dislikes: Meeting new characters and not being able to tell what they look like because of the dated graphics. Random Encounters. When I get pushed out to the World Map I tend to want to get right to where the story is leading me. It's very frustrating when I take two steps, encounter a random battle, take two steps and encounter another one. Then after a few minutes of making my way across the map I realize that I am at a dead end and have to turn around. To me, this is where the game shows its age. I think that that type of design is rare these days and I think it's a good thing.
Random Thoughts: I like the cut scenes without voice actors, it really makes the developer use the characters expressions to convey what is happening. The other thing I realized is that I would never want to play this game if it was "voiced". Some of the things that are said would just sound ridiculous coming out of my tv. It works when I have to read it. If Steiner was voiced.....I would want to kill him.
So far: I'm having a great time. It's such a fun silly world, I hope I am only 1/3 of the way through this experience.